Architecturally April
Architecturally April
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April brings with it the Seattle Architecture Foundation’s 2014 season, with tours revealing some of downtown’s best-kept secrets, contained in buildings many casually walk past without even giving them a second thought. One of the perennial favourites of Seattle Architecture Tours is the Rainier Tower, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the Seattle-born architect best known for designing the infamous twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.


An architectural delight by anyone’s standards, Rainier Tower is a compelling contrast to standard skyscrapers! Perched on an eleven story pedestal base, with office space above and exquisite retail space below, you will notice this one of a kind building as you approach 5th Avenue and University in downtown Seattle by its unusual appearance, being built atop an 11-storey, 37 m (121 ft) concrete pedestal base that tapers towards ground level, like an inverted pyramid.


This is one of my favourite buildings to photograph, because of its unique design – and Seattle lore has it that Yamasaki got the idea while out drinking one night as a student, and taken in by the design of the stem glass tumbler then used exclusively for the favoured amber nectar provided by the local brewery, of Rainier beer.



Leica M3 & 21mm Super-Angulon f4

B+W Orange Filter

Sekonic L308-S

Ilford FP4+(@100)

HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 7:00 minutes)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan



1 Comment

  • Interesting John the twin towers I will never forget as I saw them my first time in New York