Vancouver-based Westbank developers are proposing a 48-story, 500-foot tall mixed-use tower for 2000 Third Avenue. But this isn’t just any tower. Taking amenities to the next level, the proposed building will feature a magnificent geodesic dome with a swimming pool inside.
The nearly half-acre site where the tower will reside (across the street from a Bed Bath & Beyond store), is currently occupied by a surface parking lot reports PSBJ.
With so many high-end high rises competing for design approval in Seattle, proposing a giant dome in the sky is one way to get noticed. Much like the new Amazon biospheres under construction, the dome would become a part of the city’s character.
If approved, the building will have 453 residences. The tower will feature a podium consisting of retail space with high ceilings at the base and six floors of office space. On top, the building will boast an unusual three-level dome with grass mounds, a wood deck for yoga, and black river rock paving, according to PSBJ.
This isn’t Westbank’s only out-of-the-box project in Seattle. The company is currently working on a pair of 330-foot towers on First Hill that will lean away from each other while being connected by a footbridge at the top. The ten-foot-wide, nine-foot-tall span would link the roof-level amenity spaces of the towers, which would include around 450 residences, reports PSBJ.
The tower on 2000 Third Avenue was designed by James KM Cheng Architects of Vancouver with Seattle firm MG2 as the architect of record. Design approval is pending.