Rainier Tower

Minoru Yamasaki

A balancing act

This skyscraper, one of two in Seattle by Yamasaki, is raised up on a 12-story pedestal. This Seattle-born architect's building is sometimes called "the beaver building," a reference to the fact that it might look as if a beaver had chewed it at its base. This "international style" building is more characteristic of that style than some of Yamasaki's buildings, those often being referred to as "decorated International style." Continuous vertical spandrels enhance the structure's height.

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