sodo center


This lobby and entry redesigned occurred in the 1990’s for the Seattle Sears building (2.2 million s.f.)  in Seattle . The building is a grid of enormous concrete columns, one of which dominated the lobby. We stripped back the space and cantilevered an armature that included building signage as well as an overhead sculptural wing to direct people to the elevator bank.  A security desk constructed of a sandblasted utility vault with a steel top and wood top occupied a corner overlooked by surveillance monitors. A new marquee updated the exterior entrance. The project was an exercise in removing as much as possible from the existing space and the reinserting discrete objects to help people welcome visitors and clarify navigation through the space in keeping with the industrial character of the building.


lobby, entry and signage

Seattle, Washington

design collaboration with Rick Sundberg