IBM Building (Seattle)

The IBM Building is a 20-story office building in the Metropolitan Tract at 1200 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington.[4] The building was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who also was architect of Rainier Tower on the corner diagonally opposite, and the World Trade Center in New York City. Its construction was completed in 1963.[5]

IBM Building
Location within downtown Seattle
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location1200 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, Washington, 98101
Coordinates47.608398°N 122.332935°W / 47.608398; -122.332935
OwnerUnico Properties
Roof84.13 m (276.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count20
Floor area225,000 sq ft (20,900 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectMinoru Yamasaki
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates
Main contractorHoward S. Wright Companies

Nard Jones wrote in 1972 that "There is an architectural poetry about [the building] that is at variance with the endless jibes at computerization and the alleged sober pragmatism of IBM personnel."[6]

The corner of the complex at 5th Avenue and University Street was once the site of the Seattle Ice Arena from 1915 to 1963.


  1. IBM Building at Emporis
  2. "IBM Building". SkyscraperPage.
  3. IBM Building at Structurae
  4. "IBM Building". The Skyscraper Center. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Housing. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  5. Woodridge, Sally B.; Roger Montgomery (1980). A Guide to Architecture in Washington State. University of Washington Press. p. 128. ISBN 0-295-95779-4.
  6. Jones, Nard (1972). Seattle. Doubleday. p. 9. ISBN 0-385-01875-4.
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