1800 Ninth Avenue Lobby Repositioning

Seattle, Washington

Project Size:

Renovated area: 6,000 square feet

Project Status:

Completed 2013


Interior Design, Urban Mixed Use Design


Architects, Developers Teach Old Buildings Some New Tricks

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Built in the 1980’s, 1800 Ninth Avenue was originally on the periphery of Seattle’s Central Business District. Thirty years later, the building is at the hub of a thriving technology sector in downtown Seattle. A holistic set of improvements to its amenities and street presence—involving a collaborative team of interior design, marketing/branding, and leasing brokers—repositions the building as a contemporary offering for a new generation of technology tenants.

Site and Program
The Denny Triangle neighborhood is the most rapidly growing area of Seattle, with multiple high-rise projects filling in the connective tissue between the downtown CBD and the tech-dominated, mid-rise South Lake Union district. The 1800 Ninth building is one of only a handful of strong existing properties in the area, giving it the opportunity to establish a precedent for ground-level amenities appealing to both tech tenants as well as more traditional professional services tenants.

A new entry canopy, exterior finishes and signage connect the activity of the building to the neighborhood and enhance street presence. The lobby is developed as an extension of the workplace with large areas for informal meetings and spaces for lively collaboration. A contemporary coffee bar is integrated into the lobby space to create a casual social experience, complementing the workplace environment. Additional amenities include an upper level terrace, conferencing space, commuter facilities and fitness center.

Material finishes in the lobby feature a wood ceiling element constructed of veneer walnut planks. The rich tones and texture of the wood extends through the space to visually link the entry, lobby and elevator core. Sleek furnishings, dramatic lighting, a modern minimalist aesthetic to the concierge desk and the coffee bar present a dynamic counterpoint to the wood. The overall space is vibrant and inviting and speaks to the way savvy companies do business today.