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Entrant Name
GGLO

Design Team
Will Castillo, Principal in Charge Ted Panton, Design Architect Jon Hall, Project Manager Winnie So, Project Architect Julie Reeve, Intern Architect Christine Harrington, Landscape Architect

Collaborators
CLIENT: 624 Yale LLC LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE GGLO INTERIOR DESIGN GGLO CONTRACTOR: JTM Construction VISUALIZATION PARTNER: Studio 216 STRUCTURAL: CPL

Owner / Client
624 Yale LLC

624 YALE

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624 YALE
Seattle, WA
231,000 sq. ft.

624 YALE is a mixed use project located in the Cascade neighborhood, north of Downtown Seattle. The site presents unique challenges and opportunities, as it is geographically close to many social assets in Cascade and in nearby Capitol Hill, yet it is severed from these assets by I5 and its related Mercer onramp which flanks the north edge of the project. The project envelope is governed by applicable municipal codes, which limit its height to 85’ and it’s FAR to 5.

INSPIRATION
As an inspirational goal, 624 Yale seeks to humanize, inhabit and transform a currently inhospitable north edge of the Cascade neighborhood in Seattle through the thoughtful deployment of built form.

PROBLEM SOLVING
The design team identified the freeway’s complete breach in the 5 minute pedestrian walkshed as the main design issue to be addressed. The design team resolved to somehow “complete” the 5 minute walkshed, either physically, visually or in some other experiential sense. The strategies developed to achieve this include connection, filtration and iconography.

ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
While the project seeks LEED accreditation and employs various LID site strategies, it is also engaging the larger issue of sustainability by facilitating and encouraging behavior change. The project will provide for livable density close to the urban core of Seattle, while improving previously underutilized connections within its surroundings.

SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
Social transformation is a lofty goal for any project, and as such we feel this term benefits from further definition. We define social transformation by the following measures:
• strengthening existing community assets such as the public realm.
• providing public access to areas that previously have not experienced this condition.
Our proposed design solution seeks to leverage these measures and achieve them in built form.