Westbank In Seattle
Westbank is invested in Seattle. We are committed to the city, with three major projects underway. We believe that our investment will strengthen our own practice, even as it bolsters the cultural vitality, economic prosperity, and the quality of the built environment of the city itself. As a Vancouver-based practice with a growing international profile, Westbank is facing a world of opportunity. First Light is part of a troika of projects leading Westbank’s efforts in Seattle. In addition, Westbank has two mixed-use rental projects currently under construction at 707 Terry and 1200 Stewart. Seattle’s economy is built on innovation, with companies from Boeing to Amazon fuelling a robust, diversified and fast-growing economy. We see this as a critical moment, which offers us the chance to positively impact the city’s built environment. What Westbank is hoping to bring to Seattle is a body of work that reflects the city’s creativity and vibrancy, which will not only add artistry but contribute environmentally and culturally. First Light is part of a troika of projects leading our efforts in this city. While each is unique, each shares a clear commonality of language and each exhibits a high degree of artistry.
A Vibrant + Livable Downtown
New residents are flocking to downtown Seattle and especially to Belltown, a thriving urban pocket that CNN Money has called “a walkable neighborhood with everything you need.” In this regard, Seattle is a U.S. leader in rediscovering and refining downtown city living. Belltown, in the heart of the theater, gallery, restaurant and boutique district, is mere blocks from Pike Place Market, a 10-minute walk to the Space Needle and museums of Seattle Center, and not much farther to Pioneer Square as well as the sports and entertainment district to the south. It is closer still to the central business district and to the innovation center in South Lake Union, where one of the world’s leading innovation engines has sited so many new offices that even life-long Seattle residents can now be heard referring to the neighborhood as “Amazonia.”