The Downtown Design Review Board will take its first look at a design proposal for a 14-story hotel at 103 Pike St on Tuesday, October 3rd. Across from Seattle’s premier tourist destination which attracts more than 10 million visitors per year, the project aims to connect with Pike Place Market through high-quality pedestrian amenities. The developer promises to attract a boutique hotel operator to create a “small destination hotel” that becomes a “landmark for the city” with a rooftop bar activating the neighborhood late into the night and offering stunning views. Ankrom Moison is the architecture firm tasked with achieving that vision.
Tuesday night we will find out if the review board thinks architects are on the right track in early designs. The architects’ preferred plan is a pivot concept that would skew the tower slightly off the street grid, which they argue would activate the southwest corner and provide visual interest from First Avenue. The preferred scheme would include 121 hotel units, five residential units, and about 7,200 square feet of commercial space–slightly less total square footage than the other two options presented.