Ankrom Moisan was engaged by a developer to study a site along the Seattle waterfront as part of impending sale. Responding to the changes coming as the Viaduct is removed, the team developed a concept that honored the Viaduct's place in Seattle's history while making the most of the new views available along Elliott Bay.
Memory of the Viaduct
Originating from the Seattle waterfront’s industrial past and fulfilling the need for a North-South route for automobiles, the Alaskan Way Viaduct has stood as a fixture in Seattle’s skyline since the 1950s. Utilitarian in nature and design, the structure is a stark contradiction to the beauty of its surroundings.
Now, as Bertha inches along her path, Seattleites have envisioned infinite possibilities for the waterfront, from repurposing the entire Viaduct as a pedestrian pathway to preserving it only as a memory. At 1101 Westlake, the opportunity to capture the Viaduct’s unique vantage point while creating a new experience along the waterfront emerges.
Once touted as a scenic drive that would be popular with tourists, the Viaduct’s elevated view now inspires a multi-layered experience within a uniquely-Seattle waterfront icon.