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Moriguchi family's ID high-rise will be designed by Shigeru Ban



The Moriguchi family, which owns Uwajimaya, is working with the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban to design a major mixed-use project on a parking lot at 500 S. Jackson St.
The complex will have apartments and possibly a hotel, as well as retail and commercial space, but details about the number of units and the height aren't specified.

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The developer is PortLiving of Vancouver, B.C.
The 27,000-square-foot site is on the northeast corner of Jackson and Fifth Avenue South. New zoning for the International District permits residential structures there up to 270 feet. The site is in the International Special Review District, and the project would have to be approved by the ISRD board in addition to the city's design review.

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Design hasn't yet begun, says Moriguchi. “Hopefully, we'll send out a press release soon. We're working on maximizing the zoning allowance. The majority of the project will be housing.”
Moriguchi says he'd like a hotel to occupy about 35 percent of the space, “but that's complicating things. It requires more equity. It's not gonna be easy sailing. That part of the city could use a quality hotel.”

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Moriguchi says his partner Reyes has mostly done condos, “but I told him, ‘No, I don't want condos.'” He intends to keep the asset in the family.

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The city's Mandatory Housing Affordability Act will also affect the building specifications and height, but to what extent, “We haven't determined yet. It might be in the 240-foot range, the 230-foot range. We might not want to max it out.”
At the street level will be storefronts facing Jackson.
“Ban knows some very high-level retailers in Japan,” says Moriguchi, who plans to meet with some of them about leasing in the unnamed project. “We're going to Japan next week.”
The tenant entrance might be on the uphill side of the property, on Main.



http://www.djc.com/news/re/12104257.html
 

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High Rise Mixed-use Building Design, Seattle


Mobilization and Programming Phase
Shigeru Ban Architects
Professional Work, June 2017 - Sep. 2017


Contribution: Building a 46”x50” physical site model; Creating site area diagrams, photomontage, shadow study and residential units diagrams using AutoCAD, Rhino and Adobe Suite Software; Preparing mobilization and programming study package for client presentation.

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Nice!! I wonder where ST3's new ID station is going to be located. Right under current IDS or right next to it? There are so many prime developable lots in that area. It'd be nice if they worked with developers to incorporate station entrances into the buildings.
 

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Thanks for digging up the info. Cautiously optimistic that Shigeru Ban might design something interesting here. Moriguchi has proven that he's invested in the community, which also gives me hope.
 
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