Building Blocks
Building Blocks
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Like Google and Facebook, Amazon is now joining the party of novelty headquarters with the biggest downtown development Seattle has ever seen. Three giant, interconnected futuristic glass biospheres, filled with trees and vines is set to house 1,800 Amazon staff in a jungle utopia. Call me a traditionalist, but I like real buildings – ones with character, made of ye olde-fashion building blocks of bricks and mortar.


There’s not much modern I care for. But perhaps it’s architectural relativism (what’s built today makes certain era’s buildings look not so bad) but I don’t mind the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in itself. Taking up the whole block at 2nd and Marion in downtown Seattle, it was built in 1974. You can’t make the 1970′s Brutalism case with it and the patterned inset windows provide a nice visual relief from today’s unrelenting flatness, Nolvadex prescription. However, the sadness around the old Federal Building is in what was torn down to make way for it. The Burke Building, Hotel Stevens, Tivoli Theater — all significant losses to Seattle’s historic downtown past.


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