West Edge Tower, also known as Second & Pike, is a 39-story building currently under construction at 1430 Second Avenue. Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, the 440-foot-tall mixed-use skyscraper will feature 339 luxury apartment units, a Sky Bar on the eighth floor, four glass-floored observation cubes with unobstructed views to Pike Place Market and Puget Sound, and street level retail. Each residential space will feature 9 foot ceilings with floor-to ceiling windows and a majority of the units will have personal balconies. Amenities will include a concierge service, gym, private dining/conference facilities, rooftop lounge space, and a resident lounge with full kitchen.
Inspired by the design of nearby Seattle Tower, whose bricks progress from darker to lighter in color, the exterior metal panels and spandrel glass at Second and Pike will transition from gray to white as it rises towards the sky.
The West Edge Tower site was home to Seattle’s early 20th century department store MacDougall & Southwick until the store was closed in 1966. The five-story building was later demolished in 1971 and replaced with a surface parking lot.
This isn’t the only project in the area, Lake Union Partners purchased the Eitel Building across the street and are in the process of renovating it into a 90-room boutique hotel set to open next summer.
West Edge Tower is being developed by Urban Visions and their general contractor is Sellen Construction. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification and is expected to open in spring 2018.