Living on Top of the World

Well, this place isn’t quite the top of the world. But living here would make you feel like it. This is The Smith Tower in Seattle, a hundred year old office building. For nearly half a century after its construction in 1909, it was the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi.

Today’s focus is on the pyramid at the top. Rather than being some fancy office, that actually houses an apartment. The designer of the current layout, Castanes Architects, dubbed the space the Lighthouse.

I have to say, I think it is an appropriate name. The space is a beautiful, open space, bathed in western coast sunlight. The architects integrated modern functionality, while preserving the beautiful historical feel.


In the past the inside served as a modest caretakers unit that shared space with a 10,000 gallon water tank for fire suppression. The tank was then removed, allowing the space to be converted into a 1,750 square foot 2 bath, 2 bedroom, 2 story apartment. Neo-Gothic windows dot the entire space, providing daylight even on overcast days, and of course there are the endless views.

What a beautiful renovation. I would love to live here. Well done Castanse Architects.
-That is all.
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