PFS Studio

Washington Mutual Bank

Seattle, Washington, USA

The 17th-floor Washington Mutual Bank roof garden is a green roof that functions as the vital social space and civic heart of the Bank's downtown campus. Rather than meet the City of Seattle's minimum open space requirements, the garden's usable area was enlarged threefold to provide decks and pathways that showcase views across Elliott Bay while integrating elements that tell a story about the Bank, its local origins, and the community it serves. The varied and unique landscapes of the State of Washington, from the coastal beaches to the Olympic and Cascade ranges to the interior plateau, are referenced in the design. A glass-beaded abacus screen wall and 'The Change Garden,' a repository for spare change that will be donated to Seattle's charitable organizations, demonstrate the Bank's ongoing role as a corporate citizen.