Seattle’s new Eco-District is getting a brand new addition that is sure to propel the up-and-coming hotspot into a sustainable architectural hub. Developed by Skanska and designed by LMN Architects, the upcoming Stone34 complex will combine office and retail space, and be edible! Visitors and passersby will be invited to munch on the edible landscaping that will surround the sustainable complex.
It may sound straight out of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but Stone34 really will be fit to eat! Visitors, customers, and staff will be encouraged to eat the lush landscaping surrounding the complex, loacted in Seattle’s Fremont district. Living walls of herbs and berries will join planted gardens, shrubs and potted plants around the façade of the building.
The living building will be a massive 120,000 square feet of green office and commercial space, including the new headquarters of Brooks Sports. Keeping in the line of sustainability, the complex is located right on the Burke-Gilman Trail. The trail stretches 27 miles across northern Seattle and incorporates biking and walking paths, which will encourage staff and visitors to commute on their bicycles.
The five story stunner will also be energy efficient, by recycling most of the water on site (including irrigation for the gardens and living walls). The building will also be ventilated by fresh Pacific Northwestern air, powered by thermal energy, and have floor to ceiling windows to make complete use of natural lighting.
The new addition to the Eco-District will be complete in late 2013.