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Old August 10th, 2007, 07:08 AM   #1
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Any ideas for future Seattle tallest???

There is no plan for next Seattle tallest. Maybe we will have it sometime in future from now.

This thread is for anyone to suggest new ideas for what Seattle future tallest should look like. Please feel free to share your ideas here. Be creative!
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Old August 10th, 2007, 07:09 AM   #2
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I really like this rendering for San Fransisco's proposed tallest one that is designed by SOM. I think some parts of this project would fit Seattle skyline or streetscapes well.















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Old August 11th, 2007, 06:17 AM   #3
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Who is ready to hate me? Alright, we'll see.

Quite personally, I want to see a 1,000 foot tower in Seattle, but I don't want it to look all spiral like, or weird glass looking thing like in many cities. I want some handsome looking tower that will fit in nicely.

Columbia Tower was so close to 1,000 feet.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 06:22 AM   #4
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example?

I think Seattle's new tallest should be around 1,600 feet tall so it won't mess Seattle skyline up. Maybe it would be nice if Seattle has few supertalls too. Same thing for Bellevue.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 07:00 AM   #5
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I'd love to see something like that SF building crazy posted, wow that is so beautiful, but personally I would never, never want to work in an office that high in earthquake country
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Old August 11th, 2007, 07:04 AM   #6
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Seattle isn't bad as California that got more earthquakes than Seattle would have in decades.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 07:14 AM   #7
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True, although the last 6.5+ was here in Seattle, and if the Cascadia subduction zone hits the jackpot in our lifetimes, yikes!
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In regard to the Cascadia earthquake. The latest research shows they happen every 300-500 years, (8-9 scale). Last one was 1700. Do the math.
(Could happen tomorrow, or 2199, but more likely somewhere in between)

I realize there are parts of Seattle that have unlimited height limits, but if I'm not mistaken, it would still have to be approved by the city officials. Crazy is correct, there are no current plans.

I'm skeptical of the S.F. tower as well. I believe, same as Seattle, the city would need to approve, and my understanding is S.F. is even less in love with high towers than Seattle is.

But it it is fun to dream. Whether a 1,000+ tower is built on the west coast in the next decade remains to be seen. My guess is probably not, but on the other hand, not impossible either.
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Who is ready to hate me? Alright, we'll see.

Quite personally, I want to see a 1,000 foot tower in Seattle, but I don't want it to look all spiral like, or weird glass looking thing like in many cities. I want some handsome looking tower that will fit in nicely.

Columbia Tower was so close to 1,000 feet.
i agree. twisting towers are a gimmicky joke.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 09:20 PM   #10
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To me, Supertalls, ruin most skylines.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 12:05 AM   #11
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I would really like to see someting like this tower, designed by Shin Takamatzu, redesigned to be around 1,100 to 1,200 feet tall and put some place just north of the Colombia Tower.

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Something around this kind of design would be perfect!

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Old August 12th, 2007, 06:04 AM   #13
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I usually post on SSP, but howdy to you! IMO, The Bank of China Building by IM Pei in Hong Kong is Seattle's dream tower. The color is great, it would stand out on a rainy winter day, and the triangles echo Mt. Rainier and the rest of the mountains. the lack of symmetry and unusual angles would break up our very square buildings. to me, it may be the most beautiful building (modern) in the world.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 06:01 PM   #14
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That version is the best! I love the simple beautiful lines. And that roof top garden/park is great on the lower long roof. Cap I-5 and build something right along side it. Seattle next tallest should be East of I-5. Do not let I-5 block us in. Hide that hideous thing underground.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 07:19 PM   #15
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...put some place just north of the Colombia Tower.
I agree it should be north of Columbia Center. Seattle already looks like a set of stairs from Alki.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 08:01 PM   #16
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I would want something like the Bank of China tower in Hong Kong:

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Well thats 2 votes for the Bank of China Tower and I have to say its hard to go wrong with I.M. Pei. Its also the right height for Seattle
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Old August 13th, 2007, 01:45 AM   #18
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I love Dancer, Westseattleguy, and M'sFan ideas. How's about get all of them built?

I agree with NW Mike about burying I-5 with parks.
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Old August 13th, 2007, 07:49 AM   #19
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Here is some pictures of our current tallest and all it's glory. Pictures by me.
Columbia Tower for life!







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Old August 13th, 2007, 09:11 AM   #20
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I always liked the Columbia tower. Not necessarily my favorite in the city, but simple, elegant, not overly flashy, but has a strong presence. I wouldn't mind it staying the tallest of a quickly growing number of high-rises.
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