GOVERNMENT WINNER
Federal Center South Building 1202 | Seattle, WA
ZGF Architects LLP | Seattle, WA

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Design Statement:
The aesthetic design of the project, a modern workplace for the client, is informed by site, culture, mission and local climate. The regional workplace headquarters appropriately connects the building and the people who work there to their Pacific Northwest location. Taking cues from nature and the building site which sits adjacent to the Duwamish Waterway, the building form responds to the twists and turns of the waterway while maximizing daylight and views. The interior workplace is focused on a central atrium that functions as a light- and view-filled gathering space, and as the central, shared heart of the building. A variety of open, closed, and hybrid meeting spaces surround the atrium "Commons." These spaces accommodate a wide range of work styles and provide maximum flexibility as project teams grow and shrink. Meeting spaces are clustered around the atrium to foster community and a collective identity among the 700 employees who occupy the building. Biophilia—the idea that a physical, psychological, and social connection with nature leads to happier and more productive employees—was instrumental in the workplace design strategy. Lumber salvaged from a timber-framed warehouse provides structure and weathered character for the central atrium Commons. Throughout the atrium, super graphics on both wood and glazed surfaces enhance wayfinding, and a three-story glazed wall features technical data on the area's waterways.
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