New Life for a Seattle Classic

999 Third Avenue

Seattle, WA

Activate and Simplify

New owners of this 1983 building located in Seattle’s downtown core sought to reposition the public lobbies and attract a wide variety of tenants. The well-used pedestrian thoroughfares lacked spaces to support other functions and activities. The design objectives followed – activate and simplify.

Move, Gather and Rest

The central, glass-lined elevator banks draw daylight and people from east to west, connecting and activating both sides of the lobby. New finishes, furniture and details transform public areas into modern, timeless settings for gathering and work.

Connect to Place

New lighting and bold signage attract passers-by from the street, improve wayfinding and update the identity of the Wells Fargo Center. Western maple walls feature angular patterning that recalls the building’s prominent structure and the Seattle grid — reinforcing connection to its greater context within the city and region.

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