The elegant, 30-story ESCALA is among Seattle’s most exclusive addresses. The all-inclusive tower redefines downtown living with 270 grand condominium homes up to 16,000 square feet, private or semi-private elevator vestibules serving each home. At the corner of 4th and Virginia, ESCALA is the anchor of downtown’s Retail Core, Belltown and the burgeoning Denny Triangle neighborhood. Amidst the Northwest’s premier retail shops and restaurants and is within easy walking distance of office towers, celebrated theaters, the world-renowned Pike Place Market and vibrant nightclubs and other cultural amenities.


ESCALA is the Spanish word for “scale” and refers to the 30-story building’s architectural presence. In ESCALA, the design team led by renowned residential architect Thoryk Architecture of San Diego, has melded traditional and modern architectural styles to create a unique tower. At street level is a classical motif that complements the historic character of surrounding buildings. Rising from the two-story base is a contemporary glass tower with sleek, rounded ends. The tower, which offers dramatic views of the Space Needle, the rest of the city skyline, the surrounding mountains and Elliott Bay, is designed to accentuate the neighborhood’s other modern towers. In addition, the developer has taken great steps to maintain an impressive and inviting streetscape by providing all below-grade parking.

The Lobby and Private Club Cielo

Upon entering ESCALA at Fourth Avenue, residents and guests will step into a grand lobby with 20-foot ceilings. The lobby will be home to luxury retailers and an international-class restaurant, from which residents can order exquisite meals and have them delivered to their homes above.  A grand staircase will ascend from the lobby to Club Cielo, an exclusive 25,000-square-foot city club for homeowners and their guests. The club’s features include a full-service gym with a spa; a bar and lounge with a large, south-facing terrace lined by several fireplaces; a theater; an events center; a meeting room; and a wine cavern with controlled climate, storage and available seating for up to 20 people.

Building Scope

At 850,000 square feet, the 330-foot-tall ESCALA has become a Northwest landmark.  Although it would have been less expensive to build above-grade parking, developers of ESCALA chose to maintain Midtown’s pedestrian flavor by creating an elegant street-level entryway. All parking will be contained in eight floors of subterranean garage that required the second-deepest excavation in city history, second only to that of the 76-story Columbia Center.

Partnership with the Arts

ESCALA and PONCHO are working together to promote art as an essential part of urban living. The duo will focus on showing urban residents that the arts matter—they enrich lives and beautify surroundings.  The partnership will continue with ESCALA residents being given the opportunity to interact with Seattle artists and gallery owners, attend arts education seminars and participate in PONCHO events.