Smith Tower Penthouse

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Seattle, WA

Project Type

Graham Baba Architects

Valor Builds

Graham Baba Architects

Tim Van Asselt

Once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi, the Smith Tower stands out on the Seattle skyline as an homage to modern construction. It was only fitting that the pyramid-shaped peak, which at one point housed the buildings water tank and then was converted to an apartment, would be renovated into a contemporary penthouse. Graham Baba Architects designed the new space and Valor Builds executed the construction.

Preserving the old while welcoming the new required meticulous planning and teamwork. Limited access with no freight elevator and 8′ material size restrictions added complexity to the build from metal connections to on-site solid walnut joinery.

Palette: custom stained quarter sawn oak, walnut, blackened steel, grey honed stone counter tops.