Now that I’ve been working at the new job for just over a week, I’ve learned a bit more about the building itself. First off, here’s a good overview of the Rainier Tower with some more photos, and a nice line-up of the tallest Seattle highrises.
Looking at the base of the building, you may already feel that it isn’t the safest-looking thing. Well, what if I told you it was designed by the same architect as the World Trade Center Towers, Minoru Yamasaki? I know the architect isn’t to blame in the slightest for what happened to the towers, but just knowing of that odd connection still gave me a chill. The Rainier Tower shares the same central core design as many of Yamasaki’s other buildings, and is actually one of the most earthquake resistant buildings in Seattle. OK, I feel a bit better now.
Oh, but wait… I’m in the bathroom at work, standing at the urinal, wondering why I’m finding it a little hard to keep my balance… And what’s that creaking sound? It was the building swaying in the wind. My coworkers confirmed it and said you can feel it even more on stormy days. Not only do I work in an interesting building, but I get a thrill ride for free!! I wonder what the top floor feels like.