Ross McClellan Master Plan with Pb Elemental

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This is a Schematic Design Concept for a 6-acre Site along Rainier Avenue in the Rainer Valley of Seattle, WA. It is one of several transit oriented developments proposed along the route of the Link Light Rail Line connecting Downtown Seattle with Seatac Airport.

The Site sits at the corner of S. McClellan Street and Rainier Ave. adjacent to the Mount Baker transit stop before the line enters the tunnel under Beacon Hill. The western edge of the Site backs up to a portion of the Cheasty Greenbelt. The eastern edge fronts the bustling commercial traffic of Rainer Ave.

The Program calls for a mix of Residential Units and Office Space over a base of Commercial and Retail. The Commercial components include a 12-plex Cinema. All of these elements sit atop and astride three levels of Semi-Subterranean Parking that tucks into the hillside of the sloping site. The podium of Parking is upholstered with Retail Spaces and strategically situated Plazas along the Street.

The Housing and Office blocks above are envisioned as sinuous arching fingers that appear to emanate like giant worms from the adjoining hillside. These fingers provide view corridors from Rainer Ave. thru the Project to the Cheasty Green belt beyond and give needed visual relief to both pedestrians and vehicles along the busy street.

A mid-block thru street aligns with 28th Ave. S. and cuts thru the entire site from south to north with the residential and office buildings bridging overhead. This street provides vehicular entry and access to the internal Parking Levels. A dynamic sculptural footbridge crosses McClellan and creates an Entry Portal as it connects pedestrians directly from the transit station to the southeast corner of the site.

Design was completed in 2008.

All contents © 2012 George Daniel Wittman / architects, pllc