First Light

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High Rise Condo in Seattle

1101 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA

This is our first project in Seattle with longstanding colleague architect James Cheng and John Hogan, a Seattle-based artist who mostly works with glass, and it is our first collaboration with the city. Designing First light exemplifies three of the core themes that our company has been investigating for years. These are: the design philosophy of layering, which we began with architect Kengo Kuma, the natural progression of Gesamtkunstwerk, also known as the total work of art, which we began with Bjarke Ingels at Vancouver House, and more broadly, the idea of bringing nature back into urban environments.

James Cheng and John Hogan created a piece of art in and of itself, blending art and architecture, infusing it with nature, and richly layered with many intricacies that show themselves quietly throughout the building.

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Because of the city’s abundance of greenery, Seattle has earned the moniker “Emerald City.” You’ll never run out of things to do in this lush haven. Learn why the urban natural areas of Seattle inspire individuals from all walks of life, including residents, tourists, artists, inventors, explorers, and dreamers.


If you want to travel by land or water, there are several transportation alternatives in Seattle. However, although the City does not operate buses or light rail trains, we do operate the Streetcar System and work closely with other agencies to purchase bus service, increase dependability, and ensure that people can get where they need to go when they need.


Thanks to its central location in downtown Seattle, First Light’s residents can access different types of educational options. Apex Learning High School, O’Dea High School, The Northwest School, Spruce St School, Morningside Academy and Puget Sound Community School are among the nearest schools to the condo.


Urban parks like Gas Works, Discovery Park, and Green Lake are great places to explore or work out while in Seattle. You can also bring a picnic blanket and BYO food and enjoy the views while you relax. The Olympic Sculpture Park and Woodland Park Zoo just north of the city are two cultural destinations that both happen to be alfresco.

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Using the structure as a canvas, John Hogan will experiment with how light and glass may mix to produce a multitude of dazzling sculptural moments.

As a result of the building’s elegant lines, Seattle-based glass artist John Hogan has been able to construct a series of art pieces, both within First Light and out, including light glass veils that will envelop and enliven the platform and amenity levels on the building’s higher floors.


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Westbank Corp. is an established developer with several monumental projects to their name across the globe, including Toronto’s very own Mirvish Village, Woodwards and Vancouver House. Their portfolio includes luxury condominiums, five-star hotels, retail, office and public art projects. They strive to create quality projects that feature a high-degree of artistry, helping to foster more equitable and beautiful cities.

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