Cielo800 Seneca St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Design Achievement - First Hill in Seattle rose to prominence in the late 1800s as a retreat for the wealthy. It is now home to two private high schools, three major healthcare facilities, and the site of the former King County Courthouse. DLR Group|KwanHenmi’s design is a response to the patchwork of material, color, and proportion endemic to the city hillside. With its splayed surfaces, the building’s character presents differently from each vantage, allowing for varied response to its context. At the base of the building, the design matches the scale of nearby structures and uses transitional heights to reflect the sloping street front. The use of narrow, horizontal terra cotta panels as exterior cladding help to further subdivide the scale of the building at street level for a relatable pedestrian experience. Ground-level landscape includes a sculpture plaza and promenade, providing a much-needed connection between Seneca Street and Jim Ellis Freeway Park. The building’s plaza is a publicly accessible open space, the skewed angles of the concrete planters mimicking that of the tower looming overhead and complementing the zig-zag paths of the existing elevated parkway. A kinetic sculpture serves as the centerpiece, attracting curious passersby as they make their way to and from the adjacent Freeway Park.
Scope Summary - Cielo is a 427,000-SF, 32-story, 335-unit high-rise apartment building, with a 5,000-SF plaza, located in Downtown Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood—an area of the Financial District that overlooks the Retail Core and is within walking distance to Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market and Waterfront Park. Stepping into the ground floor lobby, visitors and residents are greeted by airy, cloud-like light fixtures that hover fore of the vertical wood slat gateway framing the building’s core. The 31st floor presents a stunning 360-degree view of Downtown Seattle. Residents are provided a voluminous exercise facility and owners’ lounge with a fireplace, a fully featured kitchen, and outdoor grills. Ground-floor amenities include a game room, yoga room, pet spa, and dog park. Five levels of subgrade parking include considerations for alternative fuel vehicles, including charging stations for electric and hybrid cars. The garage is accessed on a side avenue, out of the way of the busy intersection along Seneca Street. DLR Group|KwanHenmi provided architectural services from concept through completion.