707 Terry residential towers during the sunset
707 Terry residential towers during the sunset

707 Terry

Seattle, Washington
Museum-Quality Living

Consisting of two, 33-story residential towers, 707 Terry is truly a one-of-a-kind residential tower located in Seattle. An enthusiastic fan of art and culture, the client, Westbank, is known for their use of artwork in their developments and 707 Terry is the exemplar of architecture being used to express the concept of “Gesamtkunstwerk” or total work of art.

In collaboration with the Frye Art Museum, located right across the street, the façade of the new towers are re-imagined as abstracted and enlarged gallery walls with perforated screens whose pattern is derived from the actual paintings within the museum. As residents slide the art screens outside their units, fragments of the art will dynamically reconfigure and, when properly arranged, wholly recreate the paintings on display.

A sky bridge connects the two leaning towers, allowing residents to traverse the void and connect the two amenity spaces located in each building. The ‘creative tension’ formed at the bridge will be further enhanced by the unparalleled views both to the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges as well as through the glass viewing portal in the floor to the Frye Museum below.

Rendering of 707 Terry looking at ground level from outside at dusk with lots of people on the sidewalk and a large wood sculpture in the window
Birds-eye-view of lower half of 707 Terry with first floor retail illuminated from inside
Sliding perforated screens wrap around the façade, reflecting pieces of art from the Frye Museum galleries when organized into a closed position.
Upper floors of 707 Terry with sky-bridge connecting the two towers and a golden sunset in the background
Lower levels of 707 Terry with ground floor retail illuminated from the inside

While analyzing the seismic impact at the bridge, it was discovered that movement between the two leaning towers would be approximately eight-feet.  A structural solution was proposed that borrowed bridge technology and introduces tensile cables that crisscrossed the two towers together, reducing the seismic joint from eight-feet to six-inches and providing a secondary structural support for the bridge.

Rendering of 707 Terry towers with downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound in the background

Project Team

Ryan Bussard
Gavin Smith
Peter Busby
Kay Kornovich