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Seattle Times: Are Any Towers Recognizably Seattle?

By September 16, 2015

Cirrus, Denny, Et cetera

Lawrence W. Cheek, an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, and a freelance architecture critic has written an article for the Seattle Times. He closely examines high rises, local architect Blaine Weber at Weber Thompson, and uses the Cirrus Apartments as a case study in Very vertical Seattle: The city builds up to create more homes downtown:

And while the skyline composition is one of Seattle’s prime emblems, this is due almost entirely to the natural setting cradling it, plus the distinctive punctuation of the Space Needle. Are any of the office or residential towers built in the past 60 years recognizably Seattle? Couldn’t we swap out any dozen with their counterparts in Singapore and nothing significant would change?

Architecture issue 2015. Apartment building 2030 8th Avenue. Forty story apartment building tower called Cirrus.

Architecture issue 2015. Apartment building 2030 8th Avenue. Forty story apartment building tower called Cirrus.

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