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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Yesler Towers

Seattle, Washington

A new mixed-use residential project within the Yesler Terrace neighborhood leverages shared resources between public and private realms to provide a socially equitable environment that raises the bar for future development in the region.

The project establishes a highly visible gateway to downtown Seattle and the Yesler Terrace neighborhood from I-5.
An extension of the nearby public park, a public plaza and multi-story podium provide opportunities for community gathering.
Seen from I-5, the podium invites the surrounding community to explore, providing panoramic views of the city.
Colorful glass panels enliven a flexible space open to the public by day.
A community meeting room provides a new venue for both private and neighborhood events.
View of the podium and plaza from Yesler Way.
Apartments will have panoramic views of downtown Seattle and the Sound.

Project Information


430,000 GSF


est. 2025


Yesler Towers Progress Highlighted in Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Yesler Towers will create a place that links residents to the neighborhood, neighbors to the community, and the evolving community to the city. A pair of towers, highly visible from Interstate 5, create a gateway to downtown Seattle and into the Yesler Terrace neighborhood, which is undergoing a dynamic redevelopment that started in 2013. A highly porous, multi-story podium with a sloping green roof invites the neighborhood into the project to explore various outlooks with sweeping views, public artwork, and experiences of natural phenomenon. The podium acts as a community front porch and an extension to a recently completed park across the street, encouraging gathering and social interaction within a neighborhood with a long history of racial and cultural diversity.

The project includes 430,000 gross-square-feet of residential development across the two towers, shared podium, and a 3-story, below-grade parking garage. The 23-story North Tower and 21-story South Tower contain 356 rental units, including 22% affordable units, ranging in size from studios to 2-bedrooms. The towers have been shaped to maximize daylighting and access to views within the apartments, while creating dynamic forms from key viewpoints within the neighborhood and the city. At ground level, residential lobbies and commercial spaces face onto a central public plaza available for resident and neighborhood gatherings, extending park activities onto the site. The landscaped roof begins at the central plaza and continues to level 3 as public open space. At the end of the ramping roof, a community meeting room creates a sculptural focus at the center of the project. With commanding views, and high visibility from I-5 and the park, this flexible event space provides a new venue for both private and neighborhood events.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is the Design Architect in collaboration with Su Development and Architect of Record, Studio-SKH.