Seattle, WA

Western Yacht Harbor

A fire at Western Yacht Harbor on Lake Union in Seattle, WA completely damaged a large covered marina area and the office building above. This created a unique project that involved removing the damaged marina slips and roof structure, replacing the marina components and reconstructing the office building on top of the marina roof structure. The grandfathered office use provided an opportunity to rebuild a 2000 sf modern wood and glass box that hovers over the western shore of Lake Union. Highlighting locally sourced wood in the form of dowel laminated timber panels the roof/ceiling is detailed to float over the office space. Operable sliding doors and large fixed windows comprise three sides of the building providing views to the north, east and south to downtown Seattle. A surrounding deck allows the occupants to open the space up to the exterior three seasons out of four – and a stair to the roof offers 360 degree views of the surrounding Lake Union neighborhood. The open office space is filled with natural light and supported by a utility core with all necessary services.