800 Western rendered view from the east
800 Western rendered view from the east.

800 Alaskan

Seattle, Washington
A Centerpiece of Seattle's Waterfront Transformation

Demolition of the elevated freeway along Seattle’s has been a catalyst for urban change. 800 Alaskan Way is at the heart of this transformation and revitalizes a formerly derelict property with an innovative mix of public spaces, workplace, retail, residential, and associated amenities.

Across the street from the waterfront and Ferry Terminal, the site is a major node of activity and gateway to the city, with more than 5 million commuter trips a year as well as millions of tourists crossing over the pedestrian bridge as they exit the Ferry Terminal.  A grand stair makes a civic gesture and provides an inviting link to the ground floor public market hall and other street level retail surrounding the full block development.

The market hall connects via an atrium to workplace floors above, designed to offer large flexible floorplates and to take advantage of dramatic views.  Above the office levels are luxury residences, with dramatic multistory balconies and sweeping views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

What it is
An iconic full block mixed use high-rise in the heart of Seattle’s Central Waterfront.
Exterior street-level rendering of 800 Western with cars, cyclists, and pedestrians passing by.

The site is a complex multi-modal transit hub: a vehicular tunnel runs beneath the site, a pedestrian bridge flanks it to the north, and a bus corridor is located to the south.

Diagram showing 800 Western's relationship to the waterfront, pedestrian bridge, and a nearby public transportation route.
Ushering in a New Era

800 Alaskan Way will be the first project built on the new Seattle waterfront designed by James Corner Field Operations and will usher in a new era of development along Alaskan Way.

Rendering of 800 Western. View from standing on pedestrian bridge.
Interior rendering of atrium and offices in 800 Western.
Rendering of residential balcony on 800 Western with views to the Puget Sound and a ferry in the background.
Design Inspiration

The design is respectful of the historic site while providing a bold counterpoint to the early 19th century context.  The expression of 800 Alaskan Way is distinctly contemporary, with a dynamic massing inspired by the erosion observed in driftwood found on the adjacent natural shoreline.

Rendering of 800 Western. View from street level facing west.

Project Team

Erik Mott
Portrait of Devin Kleiner
Devin Kleiner
Portrait of Ed Palushock
Ed Palushock
Brad Hinthorne