Completed August 2017
Kinects Tower is a 42-story, 357-unit residential high-rise in the burgeoning Denny Triangle neighborhood of Seattle. Completed ahead of schedule in August 2017, the tower is most noteworthy of its sloping outward perimeter walls on three sides – allowing more area higher in the tower where rents and views are best – and a rooftop amenity level, featuring an indoor pool, lounges, and outdoor terraces.
Working in concert with structural engineers, cantilever slabs were maximized and columns – typically sloping outward with the building form – were minimized to create a residential floorplate that grows 8” in three directions per floor. Grandfathered under 2006 Seattle Building and Energy Codes, Kinects has substantially more clear glazing than its competition, with floor-to-ceiling glass in the residential living areas as well as in amenity spaces. The material palette of exposed architectural concrete, window wall, cedar, and terracotta contribute to a unique presence.
The name Kinects derives from the nearby neighborhoods it “connects”: Capitol Hill, Cascade, South Lake Union, and Seattle’s retail core. This theme continues with art located both inside and outside the building. Teaming with Bill Gaylord of Bonfire, the design team selected and collaborated with five artists to create six very large moving art elements that are integral to the Kinects dialogue.
The project attained LEED Silver.