Tuesday, January 26, 2010

more than just a view...



The images above are from the roof garden of the Washington Mutual Bank Building in Seattle, Wa. The design firm, PFS, describes this project (below).

The 17th-floor Washington Mutual Bank roof garden is a green roof that functions as the vital social space and civic heart of the Bank's downtown campus. Rather than meet the City of Seattle's minimum open space requirements, the garden's usable area was enlarged threefold to provide decks and pathways that showcase views across Elliott Bay while integrating elements that tell a story about the Bank, its local origins, and the community it serves. The varied and unique landscapes of the State of Washington, from the coastal beaches to the Olympic and Cascade ranges to the interior plateau, are referenced in the design. A glass-beaded abacus screen wall and 'The Change Garden,' a repository for spare change that will be donated to Seattle's charitable organizations, demonstrate the Bank's ongoing role as a corporate citizen.

5 comments:

mrsben said...

From more than one perspective... WOW what a view!

(Also, to think the creators of this project are Canadian, is a plus too.)
-Brenda-

tale of many cities said...

very interesting!

Bromeliad said...

Wow.

Carin said...

This is unbelievable. WOW!

Elemental LED staff said...

What a great idea, nice to see a concept behind a design. Although I didn't catch how the high desert part of Washington made it into the design, maybe in the decking? Aesthetically, it reminds me of the High Line elevated park in Chelsea, NYC.

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