In Pioneer Square, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, a newly enlarged condominium demonstrates that history can be a living organism rather than an artifact frozen in time. After originally designing the penthouse as his personal residence in 1987, architect Jim Olson, founding principal of the firm Olson Kundig, has over the years refined and expanded it, fine-tuning the space as his personal life and that of his wife, Katherine, have ebbed and flowed.
Located blocks from Olson Kundig’s Seattle office, the condo caps a nine-story mixed-use building that Olson designed and developed. Having previously led the development of a mixed-use project in the iconic Pike Place Market in 1978, Olson along with four other local architects initiated this project, called the Olympic Block Building, on what was previously an empty lot, in a bid to bring new life to the neighborhood.
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