Envoy Emerald Partnership

Own at The Emerald, get a Tesla. Residents of The Emerald will have access to one Tesla Model S and one Model X conveniently located on property to book out for a few minutes, hours or days. These luxury models by Tesla set an industry standard for performance and safety. Tesla’s all-electric powertrain delivers unparalleled performance in all weather conditions – with go anywhere range, and Tesla’s immense Supercharger network – allowing drivers access to the mountains, beach, and beyond. The Model X, Tesla’s luxury SUV is equipped with automated doors including the eye-catching falcon wing back doors allowing for easier accessibility to back seats. The touch screen on Teslas operate almost everything on the vehicle including navigation that finds charging stations along your route, and instructions of how long to charge to reach your destination. With the option of the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV, you have two great vehicle choices to fit your trip needs.

 

 

These days (more than ever), residents are looking for ways to reduce their cost of living. Envoy electric car sharing is more affordable than owning and maintaining a vehicle. Before the pandemic, personally-owned vehicles sat unused 95% of the time on average. Now that so many are working from home or unemployed, that % is much higher. Why own a car for it to just sit there? With Envoy, you can have a Tesla when you want it, and don’t have to pay for it or worry about it when you don’t need it. Insurance and customer support are included and there’s no need for gas.

 

The Emerald Homeowner, Sandy Roberts had this to say about the Envoy car-share partnership: “Although our location offers incredible access, Kimberly and I do enjoy renting a car and getting out of the city once in a while. It’s fantastic that The Emerald has partnered with Envoy, providing instant on-demand access to energy-efficient Teslas right through the app.”

 

When using Envoy, riders are most surprised to find how awesome electric cars are. 75% of our drivers have never driven an EV before. They quickly realize how fun they are to drive – from quick acceleration to the serine quietness of an electric motor, they’re blown away by the whole experience. Tesla’s especially have a specific draw – they’re gorgeous, full of cool technology, and have un-matched acceleration. Not to mention their fun, “Easter Eggs”, said Envoy’s Drew Hopkins.

 

Go behind-the-scenes to get more details on the exclusive partnership with Emerald owners, sustainability features, safety measures, success stories and more! Read the interview with Drew Hopkins, Chief Growth Officer of Envoy:

 

How easy is it to book a car with the Envoy mobility app?

The goal of Envoy is total simplicity. When you need a car, it’s ready for you. When you don’t need it, you don’t have to think about it. No car payments, no buying gas, no insurance, no maintenance, no cleaning… Just a sweet ride to get you where you want to go whenever you want it. Download the app, upload your driver’s license and credit card, ask property management for access code, and book a Tesla for minutes, hours, or days! (Residents can enjoy a video demo here).

 

What are the top four reasons residents use Envoy?

Running errands, going to the doctor’s office, visiting or picking up loved ones and sightseeing/getting out of town.

 

Are you able to describe the new sanitary and safety measures that have been introduced to the Envoy program at The Emerald?

Our vehicle maintenance partners AndGo by Goodyear and Simply Clean have enhanced their sanitization efforts, both in frequency and procedures. They’re using an industrial-strength sanitization solution on the interior/exterior “touch” surfaces of Envoy vehicles. All staff members have been trained on proper safety protocols including wearing appropriate protective gear. Since Envoy vehicles are exclusively for you and your neighbors, we encourage our members to Be a Good Neighbor and follow CDC guidelines to keep us safe. We also offer wipe stations for properties to put near the vehicles if they choose. Our Envoy drivers have made it clear to us that they find Envoy to feel safer than other transportation options available during this unique time. They don’t have to be in the same vehicle as a driver or other members of the public on the train, they see our maintenance partners on site frequently cleaning the vehicles, they’re familiar with the cars as they’re using the same vehicle daily, and they can wipe down the car before and after. If we all do a little, we can drive a lot of fun.

 

Envoy has been a huge support to first responders in Seattle. What have you witnessed among those using Envoy to Do Good?

Surveys to Envoy drivers has shown that not only are our members relying on Envoy during this difficult time, the service has become essential to their everyday lives. From getting groceries, going to the doctor, visiting loved ones, or escaping the city for some fresh air, Envoy vehicles have been the safe option getting residents where they need to go. During this pandemic, we’ve donated hundreds of hours of free drive time for members to get their essentials, volunteer for charities, or make a little side money driving for the gig economy. 

 

Rising above an iconic downtown address at Second and Stewart in downtown Seattle steps from the waterfront, The Emerald brings a new level of luxury living. From curated meals at the Thompson Seattle to on-demand Tesla X and S, the residents of this stunning property have more perks than one could wish for. Explore the amenities and partnerships.

A Day in the Life with Brooke

Seattle’s defining address is right here and we’re looking forward to showing you around our walkable waterfront location in downtown Seattle at Second and Stewart. From daily conveniences and some of our favorite finds just steps from your door at The Emerald to day trips from the nearby Seattle Ferry Terminal, Brooke Kavieff is taking you on a tour.

 

 

Find out little known facts about our neighbors at Pike Place Public Market, peruse the freshest flowers with tips from local farmers, sip secret menu cocktails atop The Nest rooftop as part of an Emerald perk, and take a ride in the fleet of onsite Tesla carshare vehicles. Tune into the new series called ‘A Day in the Life with Brooke’ hosted on The Emerald’s IGTV channel. Hop on Instagram @theemeraldseattle as Brooke showcases a million little reasons you’ll love calling this location home.

 

In the first episode, Brooke walks us from The Emerald to Pike Place Market where she takes you inside Michou Deli.  Located at the north end of the Market, north of Stewart on Pike Place, for 20-years this has been a favorite take-out spot to grab a picnic lunch and enjoy a nice day outdoors in Seattle.  Awarded three Seattle’s Best Place Awards and Citysearch’s Best Takeout Award, plus featured in Seattle Magazine’s “Best Takeout” issue as well as listed in several national and international dining guides, there’s no better spot to grab and go! Don’t forget to order the lunch special to get your Zeppole! Now for the best spots to enjoy some Seattle sunshine at the Market, follow Brooke for a peek inside the Secret Garden and the backside of the Market. Did you know? Pike Place is home to over 500 residents many of whom are low-income and it has a Food Bank that serves over 1,000 people weekly! Rachel the Pig is a great spot for selfies, but it also serves as an actual piggy bank where donations go to social services. Plus, The Atrium is a great spot to grab a Pop-up breakfast on a Friday and for each meal you purchase, they give a meal to someone in need. As you enjoy the stroll, don’t miss the art! You may just find yourself inspired.

 

Watch the video and be sure to login into Instagram and follow us @theemeraldseattle to catch more of Brooke’s new series: A Day in the Life on IGTV, we’re launch new episodes soon. We hope you enjoy our new series. Have a request? DM us on Instagram and let us know where you think ‘A Day in the Life with Brooke’ should visit next!

 

Meet The Emerald Sales Associate, Brooke Kavieff

We’re pleased to introduce you to Brooke Kavieff, Sales Agent at The Emerald in downtown Seattle. You may have enjoyed a virtual or in-person tour with Brooke or have seen her in a Zoom spotlight or video recently. She’s in high demand these days! Bringing 7 years new home real estate sales experience and an extensive background in new construction, Brooke is happy to be part of the team behind this exciting new real estate development calling The Emerald, “An Elegant, sophisticated and luminous building.”

 

 

As someone who has just as much appreciation for the outdoors, as the indoors, Brooke covets a good water view that can be enjoyed steps from all the action of city-living. “My favorite view is from our southwest corner one-bedroom. There’s so much to see from this corner. I like looking down at the street scene in Pike Place, watching the ferries pass by in Elliott Bay, admiring Mount Rainier when she makes an appearance. Prospective buyers and brokers who tour are always surprised to find how many of our homes have water views!”

 

Originally from Texas, Brooke has called Seattle home for the last 3 years, “I love living close to the water and the mountains, it’s the best of both worlds for an outdoor-lover like myself.” Ask Brooke about her favorite spots to enjoy the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest or where to find the best nearby jogging trails. An avid runner, Brooke has added completing the 2015 NYC Marathon to her list of achievements.

 

Join us as we go behind-the-scenes with Brooke sharing her favorite spots in the neighborhood, model home design, interior details by Susan Marinello Interiors and even what we’d find in her Pike Place Market bag:

 

What are some of your favorite building design features?

 

I love our interior finishes! Susan Marinello did an incredible job making the selections. They are elegant, contemporary, and warm. One of my favorite special touches that Susan included is the wall accent tile on the ground floor and amenity levels. It has a beautiful raised pattern that almost looks like sand as the tide is going out. The lights directed from the ceiling down across the tile brings out the unique design of the tile. I’ve never seen anything like it, almost all of our guests make a comment about how beautiful it is.

 

Do you have a favorite model home design?

 

One of my favorite model home designs is our southeast corner one bedroom with a den, Residence 2402 designed by ASH Staging. To play off Model Residence 2402’s sharp angles, ASH opted to ground the living room with a round rug and curved sofa paired with a Robert Parry Lotus Chair carved in African walnut. This floor plan has my favorite den in the entire building! It’s wrapped in floor to ceiling windows with views down to Smith Tower, Pike Place, and Elliott Bay. The den is separated from the bedroom by the living room and kitchen, which creates privacy for someone working from home.

 

 What are some of your favorite spots in the neighborhood to frequent?

 

Some of my favorite local spots in the neighborhood include Michou for a healthy grab-and-go lunch or a nice picnic along the Seattle waterfront. Storyville Coffee for coffee, of course. Their location also has one of my favorite views of The Market. When I’m in the mood for a little shopping, I love to walk over to Alexandra’s Designer Consignment on 4th Ave. & Olive. I always find something unique when I’m there!

 

If we took a peek inside your Pike Place Market bag, what 3 items would we find?

 

My bag would definitely include a Gluten-free Cinnamon Roll from Cinnamon Works, a fresh bouquet of Dahlias, and a block of Beecher’s smoked cheese.

 

The Emerald has welcomed its first residents and is offering on-site and virtual tours of eight new model homes and our recently unveiled 39th-floor veranda and rooftop amenity space. Schedule your personal tour with Brooke to be among the first to step onto The Emerald Veranda and experience an outdoor lounge with chef-grade barbecues, lounge seating, dining tables, outdoor firepit, fireplace, outdoor TVs and heaters, and incredible views day and night.

The Emerald Begins NESTING

The Emerald recently released details on its exclusive partnership with Thompson Hotel, further connecting the City’s evolving waterfront and bringing a new level of amenities and curated programming. Both current and future owners at The Emerald will enjoy curated food and beverage experiences, including discounted meals at Conversation, Thompson Seattle’s signature restaurant, plus a secret signature cocktail menu at The Nest, the hotel’s striking rooftop bar and lounge. As homebuyers begin moving in, we went behind-the-scenes with bartenders at The Nest to share the perfect recipe to celebrate your new nest at The Emerald and to get their take on our community.

 

 

Warm your new home with this recipe shared by our friends at Thompson Seattle’s Nest Rooftop Bar:

 

Gardenrita (It’s Kinda Like a Margarita, with a Thompson Twist)

1.25 oz espolon reposado tequila

.5 oz sipsmith gin

.75 oz lime juice

.5 oz cucumber juice

.5 oz agave syrup

.75 oz ancho reyes

1 dash celery bitters
1 dash firewater bitters
Shake & roll into a collins glass | garnish with 2 cucumber slices

 

If The Emerald were a cocktail what would the ingredients be?

 

The Emerald screams ‘luxury’ and ‘sophistication’ which is (and always will be) a Vesper Martini using Hendricks as the base spirit. However, unlike Bond, this Vesper is stirred not shaken to keep the integrity of the ingredients intact. Classy, sophisticated, fun.

 

 

What’s the most popular cocktail at The Nest?

 

Pea Diddy (created by our very own, Lexi Birkebak)

Pea flower infused Ketel One Vodka, lemon, ramazzotti Rosati, simple, tiki bitters

 

The Nest’s “Secret Signature Cocktail Menu” for The Emerald includes:

 

Tequila Sunset – $16

el jimador tequila, orange juice, blackberry brandy, cherry

Or

Nouveau Old Fashioned – $16

Bourbon, remy vsop, dry curacao, demerara, ango & orange bitters

*Cocktail menu may change seasonally

 

 

 

The Emerald offers exclusive resident-only amenities that give all residents access to incredible views, open air and the sky beyond on a 40th floor rooftop deck and club lounge with multiple outdoor and indoor seating areas for al fresco dining, taking in the views over a fire pit – and most importantly – provide 360-degree views of Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, Cascades Mountains and the Harbor. You’ll be able to enjoy our yoga studio, fitness center with open-air terrace, or kick back and relax in a fully equipped City View Room complete with catering kitchen. Both the indoor and outdoor spaces at the Emerald are designed with comfort and convenience in mind, featuring a full-floor indoor/outdoor lounge on the 40th story with outdoor firepit, grills, and al fresco dining.

 

Explore more of The Emerald’s signature homeowner perks, amenities and services, which include:

 

Resident guest suite

Ground-floor retail

24/7 concierge

Electric vehicle charging stations

Outdoor pet run and spa

Latch® keyless entry system

Envoy® on-demand luxury electric vehicle carshare

Targeting LEED Silver Certification

Additional parking available at Thompson Seattle

 

Schedule your on-site or virtual tour of The Emerald today and start taking advantage of signature homeowner perks and curated experiences today!

The Emerald Partners with Downtown Seattle Neighbor, Thompson Seattle

The Emerald, set above the iconic Pike Place Market and the glistening Puget Sound, recently unveiled a strategic partnership with downtown Seattle neighbor and leading luxury boutique hotel, Thompson Seattle, to deliver current and future homeowners a resort-style living experience with the introduction of a new suite of amenities and world-class service. The exclusive relationship focuses on lifestyle amenities and further connects experiences enjoyed along the city’s evolving waterfront. The synergies between both brands will help elevate Seattle’s developing waterfront and further position the city as one of the nation’s celebrated destinations for residents and travelers alike.

 

“Time and again visitors select The Thompson Hotel for its unique combinations of thoughtfully curated design, culinary sophistication, and the right amount of edge – a place where social meets cultural and where design perfectly blends “what lasts” with “what’s next.” The views are pretty amazing too!”, says Whitney Brown, Thompson Seattle’s General Manager.

 

We caught up with Whitney for an exclusive interview on the award-winning hotel, read on:

 

The two celebrated downtown Seattle properties both share designs by local architects. The Emerald, a world-renowned Seattle-based design team, Julia Nagele of Hewitt Architects and Susan Marinello Interiors and Thompson Seattle conceived by local, Seattle award-winning architect, Olson Kundig.

 

Are you able to tell us a bit more about Thompson’s architecture and its inspiration?

The primary architectural considerations of the project was the scale of the structure and its relationship to existing buildings in the surrounding area. The building is composed of two primary elements that break the expression of the structure: a focal point “glass lantern” with geometric shifts that physically mimic the street grid alignment. While the iconic glass lantern is symbolic of the hotel’s relationship with Seattle, the Pacific Rim and wider world – it serves as an inviting and luminous entity.

 

 

What might 48 hours at the hotel look like?

Your morning at Thompson Seattle begins with waking up rested and relaxed after an amazing night’s sleep in our proprietary Thompson Bed. In room coffee or tea are takes just a few minutes from boil to the first sip thanks to our coffee partner, Herkimer Coffee. If you prefer something a bit more fancy you can wander down to Small Talk, our coffee shop located in Conversation, where we offer assorted pastries, espresso drinks and brunch cocktails. The day’s travels may take you across the street to explore Pike Place Market or a little further down the waterfront to the Olympic Sculpture Park. On your way you’ll find a number of amazing restaurants that will lure you in for lunch. Some of our favorites include Bacco Café, Los Agaves, and Mr D’s Greek Delicacies. Your perfect Seattle evening concludes with sunset happy hour at The Nest, Thompson’s rooftop bar.

 

What do you feel makes The Thompson Hotel stand apart from all others in Seattle?

We seek out and adapt to the uniqueness of our locations, and because each property is a product of its environment, we count our neighbors among our most frequent visitors. All our meeting spaces are a direct nod to the Boeing Company and its humble roots right here in the Pacific Northwest. This is most recognized in our meeting and events spaces with aerospace themed artwork and event space names like Dreamliner, Blackbird and Flybaby. Among our many awards, the one we are most proud of is Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award where we have held the #1 spot for Best Hotel in the Pacific Northwest for two years running, and hope to keep that streak going in 2021.

 

What sets the hotel apart from others is its attention to detail at every turn and the heartfelt service provided by each and every staff member. We want our guests to feel like they are part of the Thompson family and that they can consider Thompson Seattle their home away from home when travelling here. We are also very passionate about our Cleanliness & Care Commitment, not just in the current climate but also in the interest of maintaining our enhanced cleaning procedures post COVID and beyond.

 

 

The Nest at Thompson Seattle has been named among Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 15 Rooftops in the US for multiple years. Are you able to describe what makes it so special?

We believe restaurants, bars, and events are at the core of the social experience. Albeit those offerings look different in today’s environment, we shifted gears and created the “Nest Supper Club” pop-up allowing our top notch culinary and bar teams to once again invite guests into our spaces in a reworked, socially distanced outdoor dining room. We are excited to be re-opening The Nest in its true form as an upscale cocktail bar with small bites and sweeping views of Elliot Bay and the waterfront cityscape. That opening is slated for May 11th.

 

 

Thompson Seattle invites owners at The Emerald and local, prospective homebuyers to enjoy a one-of-a-kind, discounted “Thompson Cares” packages – offering incredible views, walkability to fine dining, coveted retailers, and the city’s beloved public market. Our exclusive partnership also offers The Emerald owners a limited number of convenient, subterranean garage parking at the Thompson Seattle, complete with electric vehicle charging stations and 24-hour curbside valet service, seven days a week.

 

Just across Stewart Street from each other, The Emerald enjoys perks from Thompson Hotel in an exclusive partnership which include:

 

– Parking and Electric Vehicle charging at the Thompson (with 24-hour curbside valet service, 7 days a week)

– Curated food and beverage experiences, including exclusive pricing on meals at The Thompson Seattle’s signature restaurant, Conversation

– Homeowners and interested buyers discounted hotel rates through a “Home Away Package”

– A secret signature cocktail menu at The Nest, the hotel’s stunning rooftop bar and lounge

A Conversation With Julia Nagele, The Architect Behind Seattle’s Newest Luxury Residential Tower The Emerald

Read Full Forbes.com Article Here.

 

Making history by becoming the West Coast’s tallest residential building and the ninth tallest building in the world, designed by a female-led team, Julia Nagele, Principal, Director of Design – Architecture of Seattle-based Hewitt Architects, with interiors by local interior designer Susan Marinello of Susan Marinello Interiors, The Emerald offers an elevated level of high-rise condominium living while bringing Seattle’s natural shape and environment through its modern design.

 

In celebration of National Women’s Month and International Women’s Day, Hewitt Architecture’s Julia Nagele recently spoke exclusively with Forbes on what makes The Emerald so special, females in architecture, being a part of the LGBTQ community and more. Read the feature in Forbes: A Conversation With Julia Nagele, The Architect Behind Seattle’s Newest Luxury Residential Tower The Emerald.

 

Females in architecture aren’t that common, unfortunately.

 

The New York Times reported in 2018 that, while half of architecture school graduates are women, women only make up 20 percent of licensed architects and 17 percent of partners or principals in architecture firms. Female architects, including Zaha Hadid, Jeanne Gang and Denise Scott Brown, to name a few, are responsible for some of the world’s most innovative and beautiful buildings. Turning heads lately is Julia Nagele, principal director of architecture at Hewitt Seattle, a firm that builds residential communities, landscape and transportation architecture and more. She is joining the ranks as one of the most influential architects in the United States. She’s worked on several impressive projects, but her most recent architectural undertaking was Seattle’s newest luxury residential tower: The Emerald.

 

The Emerald’s top floor features a cantilevered structure. CORY HOLLAND, NW

 

Hewitt enlisted Susin Marinello of Susan Marinello Interiors to design the building’s interiors, making it an all-female powerhouse team. Standing 440-feet tall with 40 stories, The Emerald has 262 studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences and penthouses. Prices range from $539,000 to $10.9 million, the latter being the most expensive listing on Seattle’s waterfront. The faceted-glass waterfront tower is hard to miss, especially with a cantilevered structure on top. The modern building has a range of incredible amenities, including a resident guest suite, outdoor fire pits, indoor-outdoor lounges, electric car charging stations, outdoor pet run and spa, carshare services, a 24/7 concierge, a yoga studio and fitness center, media room and wonderful events.

 

Not only was the project run by a diverse group of talented people, but it also is setting new standards for luxury living in Seattle. In celebration of International Women’s Month and to discuss this exciting tower, Nagele spoke exclusively with Forbes on what makes The Emerald so special, being a part of the LGBTQ community and more.

 

What makes this building so special in this neighborhood and in Seattle?

 

The Emerald is literally Hewitt’s next-door neighbor, located just outside my office window, across the alley. The location is amazing. We love this part of the city for its proximity to Pike Place Market, the waterfront, Belltown and downtown.

 

One of the main design cues for the building is the site. Its footprint is small when compared to other towers nearby, only 7,340 square feet at the street. It’s also an irregular-shaped site, since it borders the street grid of downtown and a rotated second grid to the north for the Belltown neighborhood where street patterns follow the shoreline profile. The tower’s form gets its jewel-like quality from the size and shape of the site.

 

The Olympic Room CORY HOLLAND NW

 

At Hewitt, we love when our work is informed by and expresses a broader context. One notable feature of Seattle is the powerful natural landscape that surrounds the city. Since the Emerald borders Pike Place Market, it’s close to the waterfront with unobstructed views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and stellar sunsets over a maritime landscape. A special feature of the Emerald is its rooftop amenity spaces. There are two main rooms, one to accommodate all different sorts of activities and then the main room, the Olympic Room.

 

We specifically designed this room to do nothing more than celebrate the view and connect with the scale of the landscape. We thought about the bigness of the landscape and thought of ways to make the room scaled and shaped to accommodate the vastness. One detail was to have as much glass all the way down to the floor line with the least amount of obstruction between you and 400-feet below you to the Market and out to the water. I had wonderful design sessions with my friend, The Emerald’s interior designer Susan Marinello, to consider the bigness of the view and how the space could relate to it.

 

There are few female-led teams in the architecture world — what does this mean to you?

 

That is a big question! Since I only see the world through my own eyes it is also a difficult one. Part of me sees myself as someone who really loves doing what she does and works hard, but so do a lot of people. It’s clear to me that women are equally as capable, talented and skilled as men to lead design teams.

 

Julia Nagele
HEWITT ARCHITECTS

 

At Hewitt, we have two women in leadership positions. This makes me think about how more women can be in leadership roles. There are many ways this can happen. One is to hire more women and support them, showing them where opportunities might be. If they are competent and capable — promote them. As a leader, I find it satisfying when I can directly do things like that. Another way is to promote an idea near and dear to me — to allow room for different career paths, while acknowledging that a different path is not a “less than” path.

 

My career was stagnant for a long time with only little instances of working to my abilities. It was not until several pieces of the puzzle fell into place where I became really interested in learning what my abilities were. Some of this was due to decisions my wife and I made about our careers and having a family. Some of our experiences were difficult. My wife is a two-time cancer survivor and starting a family was challenging. From these situations I think we gained a perspective that we would not have had otherwise.

 

The Emerald is special in this regard because the timing of my curiosity about my abilities and the design of the project were aligned. It ended up that I was the right person for the right project. When women like myself must take a different path than what’s expected, we might think we’re doing it wrong or missed our chance. We compare ourselves to the paths of others. We should not do that. There are different paths out there for different people and that should be acknowledged and honored.

 

What makes The Emerald unique in the city?

 

The urban values of The Emerald’s owners aligned with Hewitt’s. We are big believers in cities as places where people with good ideas connect with other people with good ideas. The Emerald is an urban site that allows its residents to be free of an automobile if they choose. It’s steps away from great places to work, shop and get around as it’s only one block away from the main north and south transportation corridor and light rail station. It fronts Second Avenue, which has a dedicated bike lane.

 

The Emerald’s exterior CORY HOLLAND NW

 

For these reasons, the ownership was able to make the decision to create more active street fronts. Zoning allows parking above the street level, but The Emerald makes more active street fronts with places for people to live. The retail is two stories high and like the tower form, the shift of the street grid generated the form of the first 40 feet of the tower. We were able to create an outdoor terrace on the 3rd floor connecting with the vibrant street life and views toward Pike Place Market and the water. At Hewitt, we were excited to connect the tower to the street scene of our neighborhood.

 

What are you most proud of in your career?

 

Pride is an awkward thing for me. Often my mind has the words “responsibility” or “gratitude” when I think about working on projects like The Emerald. That said, I suppose there is a sense of pride anytime I can find ways for our work to be innovative. The Emerald was an early realization of ways to be innovative in the framework of real estate development economics. This is important to the architecture studio at Hewitt. Most of our work in recent years has been in the realm of mixed-use residential and commercial projects. For us, it’s exciting because most of the urban condition is driven and shaped by the forces of real estate development. It is the fabric of the city between signature moments occurring in civic spaces and structures.

 

Each residence has stunning views over Seattle. CORY HOLLAND NW

 

The Emerald’s site is such a wonderful place in the city to be, but it was challenging to thread the vertical services, solve the structural dynamics of cantilevering over its neighbor and provide the right ratio and area for living and service spaces for it to be economically feasible. It was like a test laboratory for solving ALL the problems. The more we find ways to solve problems, the more confident our team becomes. With The Emerald experience as a foundation, we were inspired to work on the projects that followed such as our Mama Tower downtown, and our Cloud Tower in South Lake Union. Working on the Emerald prepared us to next figure out how to creatively knot the Mama Tower into the block it occupies, and helped give us the vision of making the Cloud Tower form “move” depending on your vantage point.

 

Which other female architects inspire you and why?

 

Anyone getting it done inspires me! I didn’t have any direct female mentors in an established program early in my career, but I’ve grown up with strong, capable women. My grandmother became an MD in 1939 and taught at Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. When I was 17, I lived with her after I graduated high school. Before I went to college, my uncle offered me a job working at his architecture firm in Philadelphia. My grandmother and I spent the evenings and trips to and from the train station having great conversations.

 

A spacious kitchen in a unit at The Emerald. CORY HOLLAND NW

 

The women that inspire me day-to-day are important to me. I have wonderful support and draw inspiration from women who are colleagues and friends of mine: Susan, Patreese, Christine and Kate. My wife, Ann, is an amazing support, counsel, and someone I bounce ideas off all of the time. As an attorney, she is gifted in strategy. She also has a great design sense which are two qualities required when persuasion is called for in a design idea.

 

Others who inspire me would be more fantasy role models, people I have never met and learn about from a distance. There are women such as Lilly Reich, who was Mies van der Rohe’s partner before Mies came to the United States. One of my favorite architectural experiences was seeing a door being opened at the Barcelona Pavilion. It was moving to see a door open in a way where it was a seamless part of the design in the closed or open position. I was sitting on a Barcelona chair at the time. Lilly Reich had a role in both the pavilion and chair. Some might say the romantic or poetic qualities laced in Mies’ “less is more” design approach could be attributed to Lilly Reich. I like that as an idea.

 

A beautiful sunset seen from within a model unit. CORY HOLLAND NW

 

A contemporary that inspires me is Jeanne Gang, founder of Gang Studio. Some of their work is a similar type that we at Hewitt focus on in that it is driven by the real estate business framework, including towers. I love considering the ways towers like The Emerald can make connections with the people who occupy them and connections to the larger context they create.

 

Continue reading the full Forbes article here.