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The Net (building)

Coordinates: 47°36′16″N 122°20′00″W / 47.60444°N 122.33333°W / 47.60444; -122.33333
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The Net
The Net (building) is located in Seattle WA Downtown
The Net (building)
Location within downtown Seattle
Former names888 Second Avenue, The Marion
Alternative names801 Third Avenue
General information
Address801 3rd Avenue
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates47°36′16″N 122°20′00″W / 47.60444°N 122.33333°W / 47.60444; -122.33333
Construction started2021 (planned)
Estimated completion2024
Roof542 feet (165 m)
Technical details
Floor count36
Floor area850,000 square feet (79,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firmNBBJ
DeveloperUrban Visions
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates

The Net, formerly known as The Marion,[1] is a planned high-rise office building in Downtown Seattle, Washington, United States. In its current iteration, it is planned to be 36 stories tall and include 850,000 square feet (79,000 m2) of office and retail space.[2] The project is being developed by Urban Visions, which previously proposed a 77-story tower on the site that would have become the tallest building in the city. It was later downsized to 60 stories after a design competition and 36 stories after further refinement.

Earlier proposals[edit]

Urban Visions filed preliminary plans in 2013 to build a 77-story supertall skyscraper on property it owned between Marion and Columbia streets in Downtown Seattle. The 1,200-foot-tall (370 m) tower, named the 888 Tower, would have eclipsed the Columbia Center as the tallest building in Seattle.[3] A competition was held in 2014 to select a design for the supertall tower, resulting in Urban Visions favoring NBBJ's 60-story proposal over a 77-story proposal from Gensler.[4][5][6]

The NBBJ proposal featured a 65-foot-wide (20 m) atrium in the middle of the tower that would function like a skylight; the 60-story tower also incorporated floor layouts that would have allowed for 10 to 15 more people per floor despite the loss of a central core, allowing for the height to be reduced.[7][8] It would have been mixed-use, consisting of retail space on the ground floor, and offices and condominiums on higher floors. The tower would have occupied the full city block between 2nd and 3rd Avenues and Columbia and Marion streets.[7] When completed, it would have become the second-tallest building in Seattle and the fifth-tallest on the West Coast of the United States.[7]

New proposal[edit]

In October 2017, Urban Visions announced that it would scale back its plans and build a 28-story tower on the eastern half of the block with 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of office space.[9] The project was renamed The Net and given a new design by NBBJ, featuring a steel exoskeleton that wrapped around the building.[10] Another design revision in early 2018 increased the height of the building to 36 stories and added a marketspace at street level with 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of public space. A prominent glass staircase would connect all floors of the building.[2] The top three stories of the building would have an outdoor terrace that sloped downwards from the 36th floor.[11]

Urban Visions announced a joint venture with Japanese developer Mitsui Fudosan America in September 2020 to finance the project at a cost of $127.7 million.[12] Demolition of two buildings on the block's east side began in March 2021, while the project is planned to begin construction after an anchor tenant is signed. The building is planned to open no sooner than early 2024.[13][14] On July 17, 2021, one of the partially-demolished buildings on the site collapsed onto 3rd Avenue, forcing a shutdown of the street for two days.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Marion". Emporis. Archived from the original on April 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Stiles, Marc (April 16, 2019). "Urban Visions updates design of the Net, a 36-story Seattle tower". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Stiles, Marc (December 5, 2013). "77-story tower planned for downtown Seattle". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "888 Second Avenue". Gensler. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  5. ^ Stiles, Marc (March 26, 2014). "Here's what Seattle's tallest tower could look like, if it's built". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  6. ^ Porter, Lynn (October 16, 2014). "Urban Visions hires NBBJ for new tower". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Bhatt, Sanjay (July 8, 2015). "Innovative project would be Seattle's second-tallest building". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  8. ^ Stiles, Marc (November 24, 2014). "Urban Visions' new Second Avenue high-rise will have eye to the sky". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  9. ^ Miller, Brian (October 27, 2017). "Greg Smith says 60-story tower was 'too big for us'; new plan is 28 stories". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Stiles, Marc (December 12, 2017). "First look: The Net office tower won't displace Metropolitan Grill". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Miller, Brian (May 1, 2018). "New design for 801 Third tower facade adds sun fins and folds". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Miller, Brian (September 14, 2020). "Urban Visions gets $128M in new venture to build 3rd Ave tower". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  13. ^ Stiles, Marc (March 8, 2021). "Demolition begins on downtown Seattle food court, making way for office high-rise". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  14. ^ Miller, Brian (February 19, 2021). "Lewis preps 801 Third tower site for demo". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  15. ^ "Building under demolition partially collapses in downtown Seattle". KIRO 7 News. July 17, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.