MyBallard.com reported Tuesday that “Ballard West”, the new mixed-use development proposed for the Ballard Branch Library site at 24th Ave NW and NW 57th Street, received conditional approval from the Design Review Board on Monday night. The above artist’s rendition of the current site is another painting from Lina Raymond’s “Bearing Witness/Adaptation” collection, the second this week. It’s a pretty faithful representation of current conditions except that it makes the site much more colorful than it really is and the chain link fence is no longer there.
MyBallard has a useful summary of the proposal here. Check out these artist renditions (above and below). Yep. If it’s actually built, it will be another strong contender for Blandmark status in an already crowded field, on that stretch of 24th Ave alone. That’s just my opinion, of course. Weber Thompson, the architects responsible for the design, offer another perspective. Apparently, the design is “influenced by modern Scandinavian architecture and is broken down by the positioning of the tripartite massing.”
The tripartite massing was one of the items identified in the August early design review guidance provided by the North West Design Review Board. I don’t know what prompted Weber Thompson’s reference to modern Scandinavian architecture. But if this is an example of a building influenced by modern Scandinavian architecture, then the spirit of Scandinavia clearly lives on in downtown Ballard because it looks just like all the other large blocks that have been built here in recent years.