The NBBJ Rainier Square Building to Replace Open Space in Washington

By: Meghan Young - May 13, 2014
References: nbbj & fastcodesign
The NBBJ Rainier Square building will bring one thing to mind at first glance: A giant high heeled boot. The front slopes down into what appears to be the toe while the back of that portion tapers into a heel. Creating a stunning silhouette, the proposed tower is set to become the second tallest in the city of Seattle, which makes it quite the fashionable statement.

Commissioned by the University of Washington, which owns the space, the NBBJ Rainier Square building rises 50 storeys high and will feature offices, apartments and 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. According to Fast Co. Design, "The unusual shoe-like shape of the building was meant to maximize the amount of floor space for office tenants on the lower floors while minimizing the impact on the neighboring Rainier Tower."