EQ Office, a leader in creating inspiring workplace destinations, today announced completion of its redevelopment of 800 Fifth, a modern environment centered around wellness and collaboration to meet the needs of today’s workforce. Designed by Olson Kundig, the award-winning Seattle-based firm, 800 Fifth revitalizes both indoor and outdoor spaces for tenants and the Seattle community.
The design approach has influenced new amenities that foster collaboration, creativity and community, including a reimagined, modernized 16,200-square-foot entry and lobby, a new fitness center, and a 15,800-square-foot public garden and plaza with an inviting outdoor fireplace and event space. Located in the Seattle Central Business District, the Class-A tower sits within easy walking distance of the Seattle Waterfront, Pike Place Market, and the downtown retail core.
Interior renovations draw on fundamental tenets of residential design, incorporating natural materials, intimately scaled spaces, and highly crafted detailing to support a warm, comfortable environment. Furnishing selections designed by local and native artisans further link the project to the surrounding community. Improved sightlines, access to natural light and integrated artwork likewise marry residential considerations with the building’s existing architectural language.
“In an office environment that has been forever changed, EQ Office is leading the way in creating an evolved workplace experience. The reimagined 800 Fifth creates an environment where creativity, collaboration and community meet, bringing the best of home, hospitality and office together,” said Zach Zaborowski, Vice President and Portfolio Director at EQ Office. “This new environment where health and comfort are at the forefront of daily priorities promotes wellbeing and allows both our tenants and the public to connect in a single space.”
Updated elements mirror residential-focused designs and include white oak and exposed steel that evoke feelings of warmth and tactility. The addition of suspended lantern lighting, customized bookcases, integrated artwork, highly crafted detailing, the public plaza, a cantilevered retail bar, and an elevated terrace featuring native plants to present a cohesive experience.
Throughout the property, the flexible social gathering spaces smoothly transition from the interior to the outdoor courtyard, where community and small group spaces are anchored by a hearth that establishes an all-seasons focal point.
“With this transformation, we were able to thoughtfully and responsibly shape the public realm and built environment by allowing the building to evolve with the needs of the community,” said Kirsten Ring Murray, FAIA, Design Principal for Olson Kundig. “Particularly important for the building is the reimagined areas that include spaces for both public and private uses, connecting the workforce to a reinvigorated Central Business District.”
In addition to 800 Fifth, EQ Office’s continued investment in the downtown Seattle skyline spans multiple notable properties including The Exchange, 999 3rd, and U.S. Bank Center, which is currently undergoing a highly anticipated redevelopment.