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First Light, Podium Level Glass Veil, Residential Tower with Sky Pool

First Light, Sky Pool and Residential Amenity Level

First Light, Residential Entry, Podium Glass Veil

First Light, Architectural Model

First Light, Sky Pool West View, Amenity Level and Penthouse Level

Amenities
First Light, Residential Gallery

More than a conventional lobby, the First Light residential entrance will be a gallery, with the convenience and security of a 24/7 concierge. If there is something in or around the building that you need, or something you just want, help is at hand. If you are expecting a package while at work or away, it will be there, safe and sound. A concierge makes sure that at home, you always have the help and representation you need.

First Light, Bike Clubhouse

The First Light Bike Clubhouse is designed to create a comfortable place to relax and visit with neighbors. A work station makes this the perfect place to tune your bike, and there is a dedicated area for bike washing, as well. The central Clubhouse is illuminated by an interior “skylight” – a glass ceiling running the length of the room and looking up to the lobby installation by glass artist John Hogan. There are 140 bike racks, including space for 24 BMW shared bikes – 12 electric bikes and 12 conventional bikes.

First Light, Luxury Car Share

Two of the best things about living in a city like Seattle are convenience and choice. In an urban location as perfectly situated as 3rd and Virginia, almost everything you want or need is within walking or public transit distance, or perhaps an Uber ride away. For longer trips requiring a car, First Light will offer not only sufficient parking, but also a residents-only car-share program, with luxury vehicles available from the concierge or at the click of an app. Whether or not you choose to keep your own car or to use one of the provided luxury vehicles, there will always be a ride available.

First Light, Residents' Salon By Day

The refined and spacious 47th-floor Residents’ Salon is perfectly equipped for gatherings or meetings and boasts one of the best views in the building – perhaps one of the best views in Seattle. The design philosophy centers around framing the brilliant views with natural elements and a rich palette of earth tones. This fully furnished gathering space will be the perfect place to organize and host special events or meetings.

First Light, Residents' Salon by Night

This sophisticated space, which residents can book for special occasions, is designed to accommodate everything from intimate gatherings to celebratory dinners. The fully wired entertainment system is perfect for sports-viewing, parties or screening events. The gorgeous view and fine custom furnishings, both stylish and adaptable, will help to make every event a success.

First Light, Screening Lounge

The sunken living room is the perfect way to create an intimate and welcoming space within a larger room. The Screening Lounge, at one end of the First Light Residents’ Salon, will be equally useful as a quiet conversation pit or a tiered screening room, supported by a fully wired entertainment system.

First Light, Wellness Center

Perched on the 46th floor, the First Light Wellness Center will be one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest to work out – as well as one of the most comfortable. This over 3,000-square-foot wellness space is the kind of enviable real estate usually reserved for penthouse owners, but at First Light, it’s part of the two stories of amenities that are open to every resident. The cardio room, fully equipped, has spectacular views and access out onto a landscaped, wrap-around terrace. There is also a weight room and a secluded yoga and stretch room perfect for contemplating the exquisite beauty of First Light. There will never be a greater motivator to go to the gym.

First Light, Sky Pool

Floating off the edge of the 47th floor, the Sky Pool is one of First Light’s most spectacular and distinguishing features. The west facing lap pool has views of Puget Sound and the Space Needle on one side, and John Hogan’s glittering glass veil on the other. Framed by hot tubs on either end, the pool and deck offer an unmatched prom-ontory, a place to swim, soak or relax in the sun. In cooler months, there is also a fire pit offering a sanctuary for warmth and conversation. The cantilevered lap pool will provide a dramatic silhouette and will be a bold addition to Seattle’s skyline.

First Light, Secret Garden

The Pacific Northwest is famous for its verdant rainforests and year round natural splendor, one of the most fertile biospheres on earth. Residents of First Light will be able to experience this natural beauty without ever leaving the building. The Secret Garden on the roof is accessible by a private elevator. Glistening in the morning dew, you will also find beautifully crafted glass installations by artist John Hogan, extending the sense of all of First Light as a virtual art gallery, presenting the best sculptures and canvases of humans and nature.

First Light, Pet Services

If your household includes members with four legs, First Light has everything to ensure their comfort and your convenience. Near the bike room entryway, a handy wash station offers a place to rinse muddy paws after a walk. For a more ambitious clean-up, there is a custom pet grooming room. When you don’t have time to walk your dog to the nearby waterfront park, there is a specifi cally designed and maintained pet relief and play area on the 46th fl oor.

Homes
First Light, Living

Each home at First Light will have a cool, natural palette throughout, supplemented with contrasting design details. Floor-to-ceiling, triple-paned windows will allow residents to enjoy spectacular views, with the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula glinting in the distance.

First Light, Kitchen

Marked by their elegance and efficiency, First Light kitchens will be built around cabinetry that James KM Cheng Architects designed in collaboration with a custom millwork manufacturer from Italy, supplied by the contract division of the renowned international furniture and design house, B&B Italia. Residents will have two color options, the white-on-black style shown here and a black-on-white alternative. Every home will boast top-quality fixtures and Miele appliances that seamlessly flow into the design of a modern kitchen.

First Light, Urban 1 Bedroom

The Urban 1 Bedrooms at First Light will provide a unique space that is practical, open and flexible. The Urban 1 Bedrooms will make city living easy and uncomplicated, even as First Light ensures you will be in the middle of the action, within the building and out the front door.

First Light, Bedroom

The clean lines and over-height, framed doors provide a great sense of openness, composing a quiet backdrop to complement whatever furniture or art you choose to incorporate. With a sliding door opening to your balcony, you also have the temptation of fresh breezes drifting in off of Puget Sound.

First Light, Ensuite

The First Light bathrooms begin with an elegant base; with vanities and cabinetry designed in collaboration with James KM Cheng Architects and a custom millwork manufacturer from Italy, sourced by the contract division of B&B Italia. The latest Kohler fixtures provide effortless form and function.

First Light, Penthouse

The First Light Penthouses all feature expansive 45th-floor corner suite living areas with full, floor-to-ceiling windows, maximizing views and presenting ease of access to the wrap-around balconies. All Penthouses have three bedrooms, each with an ensuite, plus a powder room for guests. Kitchens have an expanded Miele appliance package (including a wine fridge and expresso machine) and also feature a custom chandelier by John Hogan and Bec Brittain.

About

As any painter knows, having the right palette prepared is half the work of art. When Westbank and the interior designers at James KM Cheng architects began the design process for First Light, they started off by asking a series of questions. What is the nature of light here, and which colors are most inspiring under them? How could the textures and details within a new tower build on connections to Seattle’s strong maritime and aviation heritage? How could the finishes and furnishings of the building’s interiors express the sentiment that this is a design for Seattle, and nowhere else?

Some of the answers to these questions came together quickly. As a city mainly built in the twentieth century, concrete has long been the construction material of choice for such beloved institutions as the Pike Place Market, high-rise towers, college and university buildings, and the infrastructure of airports and overpasses. The design team decided that concrete building elements should be celebrated, shown with pride in public lobbies, even within private spaces of suites. Moreover, when concrete appears, it should be uncovered and unvarnished – direct and simple. Coupled with the exposed concrete, a rough aggregate warm-toned terrazzo is used as a highlight on some balconies and garden decks, including the lobbies.

The Ship Canal has always been one of Seattle’s most vital spaces, ringed by machine-shops, boat-makers and foundries. The direct and powerful shapes produced by the industrial legacy of areas such as Ballard has inspired the Seattle architecture of Tom Kundig and Steve Badanes, which the design team studied. Seattle’s current astonishing success as a place of corporate creation and innovation arises directly out of these heritages of craft in concrete and metal, so a contemporary look was needed, but one just over the horizon of contemporary taste. In setting a range of colors, James Cheng reminded his team of his mentor Arthur Erickson’s philosophy for buildings in the northwest – that a range of greys, with tiny highlights of color and the framing of nature, would evoke every color in the rainbow under the grey vault of rainy days. Hot colors work in the southwest, and quiet pastels are right for the Midwest, primary colors excel on the bare shores of the arctic and Canadian Maritimes, but a range of greys seems inevitable here, west of the Cascades.

Residential Lobby

First Light’s residential lobby will have a full time concierge, so there will always be someone to welcome you. The centerpiece of the room will be the latest in a series of custom pianos Westbank has created in collaboration with Italian manufacturer Fazioli, the makers of the finest pianos in the world. For a half dozen major buildings, the developer has commissioned their architects to design a piano that responds to the typology of their architecture, an original design evoking the forms and material palette of the building. These are more than sculptural artworks, they are all fully functional musical instruments. Designed by John Hogan, the piano at First Light will be a work of art, but even more, it will build a bridge to a feeling that can only be created by the sound of music. Everyone entering or leaving this lobby will pass by an interior installation of Hogan’s glass art strung on vertical cables.

Just in front of the feature wall of Hogan’s artworks will be a detail that demonstrates the new sensibility Westbank asserts at First Light. The floor here will be walkable structural glass panels, allowing views down into the resident’s bicycle room below. Cycling will be an increasingly important mode of transport in our urban centres, particularly as our roads become more accessible. For the residents who will live here, Westbank has decided to invest in their needs, and to visually celebrate it at the heart of the building. Cyclists will enter the building from a special entrance on the lane, and the bike room will include not only secure storage space, but also fully equipped work benches for repairs, even an informal area to hang out before or after a ride. While the residential lobby will have the calm air of an art gallery, the animation of the activity visible below will only enrich the daily lives of residents, whether cyclists or not. In every way, the design for First Light is conceived to enhance every aspect of contemporary downtown living. Residence Interiors

The residential interiors at First Light echo the three core themes of industrial materiality, elevation of craft and purity of design that are expressed throughout the project. The corridors and public spaces of the building are kept simple and pure; with recessed cove lighting along the halls, minimally expressed door frames and fine-grain minimal details, even in such touch- es as the suite numeral fonts and door finishings. Inside each residential home, a cool, natural palette extends throughout with subtle yet starkly contrasting design details. Residents will be able to choose one of two offerings. The first features raw architectural concrete columns, white oak floors, matte white cabinetry and millwork with black inserts. The second features a matte black lacquered kitchen with white inserts. JKMCA collaborated heavily with a custom kitchen manufacturer from Italy, sourced by leading furniture maker B&B Italia, to achieve a design that reflects the beautiful aesthetic of the homes. The primary washrooms, with integrated Kohler custom plumbing fixtures, will feature terrazzo tile, with the vanity countertop and tub surround in honed Super White quartzite, a frameless glass shower enclosure, luminous-mirror medicine cabinets, matte black hardware and bath accessories (with gold and fluted glass in the penthouse units). Every detail in the residences will express an elevated and sophisticated minimalism; over-height door frames cradle glass partitions and custom matte black finishes and lighting will define these spaces as not only homes but total works of art.

Residents’ Amenity Area, 46th and 47th Floors

The design philosophy here is quite similar to other portions of the building, where the tempering of light, will frame views with natural elements and a rich palette of earth and grey tones. There will be a range of spaces for the use of residents here, from flex and gathering rooms, and fully-furnished lounge areas. Of course, there will be the active recreation of the lap and spa pool areas up top, with the entire floor below devoted to the aerobic and weights room. Terrazzo decks will be visible through the floor to ceiling glass on all sides of amenity rooms. Lounge chairs, sofas and standing lights will draw on the rich tradition of Italian furniture design, including the essence of Milan’s classic modernist design era from 1960 –1980, but also some contemporary models, curated and manufactured by B&B Italia, the leading Italian company in the international world of designer furniture. Wall surfaces will either be in warm colors suitable to the gatherings they will frame, or else will be simple, textured concrete, a reminder of this tower amidst towers in a fast-growing contemporary city.