Scott Redman, CEO of Sellen Construction, chose local architect Olson Kundig for his first development project, a design/build venture.  Redman’s goal was to create an environmentally responsible building emphasizing locally sourced materials that could also serve as a canvas for public art.

The newly-constructed 12-story Class A mixed use building is located at 9th & Thomas in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood on the site of Sellen Construction’s former offices, a site that has been in the Sellen family since 1944.

Olson Kundig turned to Resolute to develop and fabricate a gigantic illuminated feature for the lobby.  A cluster of eighteen 12′ tall by 18″ square “paper” lanterns float in the two-story volume. Lantern frames are remarkably delicate square cold rolled steel, precisely welded, ground, then hand-finished with black oxide.  Shade material is an aramid mylar composite.

A nearly 9′ LED core assembly blurred by opal white diffusion lights each lantern.  The 45W 2700K 95 CRI LED array provides 5,145 total source lumens.