Downtown Seattle Hotel - Interior

Hyatt Regency Seattle


Seattle, Washington


R.C. Hedreen Company

Collaborators +

General Contractor: Sellen Construction Company

Second Floor Restaurant Design: Graham Baba Architects

First Floor Restaurant, Eight Floor Guest Amenity + Hotel Room Design + Furniture Selection: Zena Design Group

Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

MEP Engineering: Arup

Civil Engineering: Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Landscape Architecture: Berger Partnership

Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Project Size

1,400,000 square feet

Project Status



Certified LEED New Construction Gold


Architecture, Interior Design

The Hyatt Regency Seattle is a contemporary composition of pure geometric forms hovering over a transparent and inviting public space at the base of the building. An 8-story podium is the base for the 500-foot tall hotel tower with 103,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom spaces, ground-level retail, and an art-filled hotel lobby welcoming visitors and guests.

The placement of the tower on the south corner of the block relates it to the dense commercial high-rises of downtown and the new convention center expansion while framing the Olive/Howell triangle as a significant space within the shifted urban street grid. The building engages the city with its open and active lower levels, which include the lobby, porte-cochere, restaurants, bars, and shops. The ground level spaces blur the boundary between the lobby and landscaped sidewalks, creating an integrated experience between the interior, exterior and city life beyond.

The project also adds notable contributions to the artwork within Seattle’s urban landscape. Throughout the building, paintings, photographs, and sculptures have been curated to animate the building’s public spaces and guest rooms. The hotel is a transformative project for the Pacific Northwest, and beyond its scale and the complexity of its program, the building redefines the role of a large urban hotel within the city, placing people and events at the center of the hotel experience.

Photography: Tim Griffith, Adam Hunter, Taggart Cojan Sorensen

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On the exterior, the building’s minimal material palette is composed of polished white concrete panel and structural glass walls to express the composition of public and private spaces, while reinforcing the connectivity of the public spaces to the city beyond.

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Downtown Seattle Hotel - Interior

Six local photographers were commissioned to provide some of the 1,260 pieces of room art, while large-scale artworks by Cecily Brown and Michael Heizer in the lobby provide a dramatic welcome to the reception area.

Selected Awards

2021 NWCB Outstanding Project of the Year Awards, Suspended Ceiling (Acoustical)

2020 IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter INawards, INhospitality Award

2019 NAIOP Night of the Stars Hospitality Development of the Year