By embracing its tight urban context and vertical organization, the Seattle Academy of the Arts and Sciences has taken the next step in the evolution of the school’s campus. At the corner of Union Street and 13th Avenue in Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, this six-story academic volume reflects the scale of its mixed-use commercial surroundings. A lower volume dedicated to the pursuit of athletics mirrors the residences that line 13th Avenue.
The school’s core academic spaces are found on the upper floors of the nearly 70,000-square-foot building. Leveraging often-overlooked rooftop space, the team placed an outdoor playfield there to provide opportunities for physical activity. The spaces below house the entry points, general gathering spaces, administrative…