Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA

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The first development of its kind in the U.S., RailSpur will feature a square city block offering retail, restaurants, office, and residential. A social hub in Seattle's Pioneer Square, it will boast a set of fully activated intersecting alleys that will supply a charge of activity through the heart of the neighborhood. Steps from the waterfront, major sports stadiums, and transportations hubs, the site is connected to, and a part of, all that Seattle has to offer.


From unique dining to boutique retail to farmer's markets and festivals, the alley corridor between the buildings will capitalize on the growing energy in Pioneer Square with the goal of being not only a major pedestrian thoroughfare but a true destination.

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One of the project's signature features will be its active alleyways—former utilitarian spaces transformed into bustling retail and dining hubs you won't be able to find anywhere else. The alley's design will build upon an international trend of alley activation, where underused city spaces are repurposed into highly-energetic pedestrian gathering spots and locals and visitors alike are drawn to a robust mix of commerce and leisure.


HIstory & Context


The buildings on our block were all completed at the turn of the 20th century during a time of economic and industrial growth in Seattle. The block is close to a spur of the Great Northern Railroad Line which, at that time, allowed for easy import of timber and other manufacturing goods. In fact, many of the old rail beds are still visible to visitors of the alley today.

Although these buildings were originally built decades ago to facilitate the transportation of goods, we'll reactivate them to convene people, ideas, and energy while maintaining their historic appeal and sense of place.

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The built environment is more than just bricks and mortar.  It’s not just neighborhoods, cross streets, and physical addresses. It is human creation – the conception of place.   We personally connect with our environment – both built and natural. Where we live, where we work, where we play becomes a part of us. It has a dramatic effect on how we live our lives, how we run our businesses, and how we interact with people. Our goal is to create places that endure, inspire, and connect. Click below to learn more about our process.

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