Broadway’s Next Six-Story Building

What Essex Broadway, LLC, and Driscoll Architects have in mind for the site formerly occupied by QFC on Broadway, between Republican and Mercer. The complete design proposal is available here, project number 3004668.

So are we inspired yet? If nothing else, it’s going to make Brix, currently under construction across the street, look that much better in comparison.

But here’s the thing: It’s way too easy blame the developer or the architect for uninspiring buildings. Both are working at the mercy an economic and cultural machine that is geared to spit out buildings such as that shown above, but not buildings like this, for example. The “them” is us.

5 Responses to “Broadway’s Next Six-Story Building”

  1. Architist

    So, where are they building this new prison?

  2. David Howes

    The design for this project and of Brix across the street are not altogether bad. These are both “backround” buildings that do not stand out at all and form a good visual backdrop for the life of the street itself and for other, more interesting buildings that may be built in the future. Their size and massing are appropriate for their location and for the establishment of a more urban streetscape.

    As of mid June 2008 the colors, materials and detailing of the Brix project being revealed are nothing remarkable but are not badly done either.

    Overall these projects are a vast improvement over the suburban like car oriented buildings they replaced.
    New buildings like this are vital to the higher urban density needed to support a growing local population and are vital to stemming suburban sprawl in the Puget Sound region.

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