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Seattle City Hall

Seattle, Washington

Client: City of Seattle
Architect: Bassetti Architects / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Completion: 2003
LEED Gold®

Seattle’s new City Hall replaces the Municipal Building, housing offices and Chambers for the Seattle City Council, Mayor and other City functions. It was envisioned by the City and by the design team to become the symbolic heart of the Civic Center, and an important new public landmark, inviting Seattle’s citizens to participate in and celebrate their community while creating an efficient workplace for City government.

The building is formed by various volumes, each housing different functions: The main lobby is a grand open space indirectly illuminated by uplights highlighting the wood ceiling. The Council Chamber rests within a titanium-clad volume that also houses a Public Function Room. Ceramic metal halide floodlights illuminate the titanium wall at night. The office tower glows internally and is capped by another titanium wall surrounding the elevator core.

The building also houses installations by local artists Beliz Brother and Eric Robertson and a glowing glass bridge by artist James Carpenter.