Aesthetics and efficiency on

Salmon Bay Landing facade

e-glass weekly October 20, 2009


Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

The basics: Salmon Bay Landing is a 34,500-square-foot office condominium located in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. Minutes from Fisherman’s Terminal and 200 feet from the banks of the Ballard Ship Canal, Salmon Bay Landing is part of the redevelopment of the area that includes Salmon Bay Marine Center, a large super-yacht moorage facility. Stuart Silk Architects designed Salmon Bay with a goal of achieving a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification. The building envelope, lighting and HVAC systems are designed for maximal energy efficiency as well as occupant health and comfort, and the north facing curtain wall design provides generous daylighting and views without excessive heat gain. Other green features include recycled building materials, and nontoxic paints, flooring and construction adhesives.

The players: Architects, Stuart Silk Architects, Seattle; contract glazier, Eastside Glass, Kirkland, Wash.; SunGuard select fabricator, Northwestern Industries, Seattle; general contractor, Schuchart Corp., Seattle; glass manufacturer, Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich.

The glass: Guardian SunGuard AG 43 and SunGuard SuperNeutral 68. AG 43 provides a combination of characteristics to provide good visible light transmission to bathe the interior in natural light, low interior reflectivity so that the views of the ship canal are unimpeded at all hours of the day and night, and just enough exterior reflectivity to pick up the blue of the Seattle sky and water while providing a pleasant, crisp, continuous facade that compliments the detailing of the curtain wall façade, according to a Guardian release. SN 68 delivers high light transmittance while reducing solar heat gain.