Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue Interior

Key Center Lobby Reposition Bellevue, Washington Interior Design Development, Architecture Images

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue

Contemporary Interior Architecture in WA, USA – design by SkB Architects

Apr 8, 2018

Key Center Lobby Reposition in Bellevue

Design: SkB Architects

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue, Washington

No longer merely pass-through spaces, lobbies have become destinations in their own right; hotelesque settings suitable for impromptu meetings and alternative work places for building tenants.

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue Interior

Photos: Spencer Lowell

Following the purchase of the 23-story Key Center, the new building owners quickly determined the need to update the common areas of the building which had grown tired since the building’s completion in 2000.

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue Interior

To stay competitive in the market for tenants, a redesign of the guest and tenant experience was initiated to entice potential tenants, give existing tenants a reason to stay, and to realign the building within the marketplace.

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue Interior

The existing lobby, a sprawling 8,100-square-foot series of contiguous spaces, lacked definition; seating was uncomfortable, and there was little reason to linger any longer than necessary. Transforming the space required reimagining how the space could be used. A survey of building tenants revealed an interest in alternative casual meeting and work spaces.

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue Interior

The design solution was to treat the lobby as a series of seven rooms, or stage sets—merging notions of work and hospitality—that were connected through color and seating arrangements. “It was as simple as creating spaces where people actually want to go,” notes Shannon Gaffney, design principal for the project.

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue Interior

Sitting areas run the gamut between shared spaces similar to those in a library, to grouped seating for informal gatherings. Furnishings support this concept: a long, stained-oak table fitted with outlets and lined with Jasper Morrison shell chairs mirrors an open concept office layout; sectional seating for groups occupies center stage; while comfortable wingback chairs enable small groups to gather in more intimate settings. The area adjacent to the elevator features custom conversation-pit style seating.

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue Interior

Pops of color are found in furnishings and selected interior surfaces. Most notable is the giant “wall tattoo” spray-painted onto an existing wood paneled feature wall. The low-cost effect makes a bold statement and helps to give focus to the lobby. Equally cost-conscious is the James Turrell-inspired ceiling in the elevator corridor, achieved with paint and simple fluorescent fixtures. Color is used to dissolve material surfaces creating an etherial portal to the offices above.

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue Interior

Key Center Lobby Reposition Bellevue – Building Information

SkB Architects design team:
Shannon Gaffney, design principal
Ryan Hitt, project manager
Clint Zehner, interior designer
Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, muralist (wall tattoo)

Project team:
Birkenstock Lighting Design (lighting)
DCI Engineers (structural engineer)
Northwest Woodworks (woodwork)
HST Construction (general contractor)

Client: Kilroy Realty Corporation

Photography: Spencer Lowell

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Products/Materials included in the project
Vitra International (Jasper Morrison shell chairs)
Camerich (sofas)
Coalesse (bench)
Meyer Wells (coffee tables)
Santa & Cole (Tripod lamps)
Andreu World (swivel chairs, café tables)
Furniture by Asti (stool, side tables)
Milliken & Company (custom rugs, carpet)
DuPont (seating material)
Opuzen (seating upholstery)
Fritz Hansen (Hayon wingback chairs)
Artemide (Cantilevered lamp)
Sherwin-Williams Company (paint)

Key Center Lobby Reposition, Bellevue images / information received 080418

Location:Key Center, Bellevue, WA, USA 




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