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The Prow

Aidlin Darling Design

Design Team

Aidlin Darling Design

Joshua Aidlin


David Darling


Adam Rouse

Project Architect

Ryan Hughes

Project Manager

Luis Sabatar Musa

Project Team

Laing Chung

Project Team

Kent Chiang

Project Team

Tony Schonhardt

Project Team

About the Project

Located on Expedia Group’s new 40-acre campus bordering Seattle’s coastline, the Prow is a biophilic staff retreat. The design creates a soulful sanctuary that allows employees to clear their mind and thus spurs innovation.

When the design team began the project, a sophisticated master plan had been created by the landscape architects. The corresponding site plan articulated a series of cascading plateaus descending from the offices down to Elliott Bay. The Prow adds a collection of 800-foot-long canted stone riprap walls that define the edges of the existing plateaus. The design is integrated into the landscape as an extension of these gestural landscape walls. The retreat is hidden-in-plain sight with a roof that mirrors the planted ground plane but simply lifted at one end.

The Prow’s vectoral shape references the concept of motion as the campus is the epicenter for a plethora of transportation modes spanning across land, sea, and air. The structure’s wing form symbolizes Expedia Group’s mission to aid in the art of travel.

Approaching from within the campus, one is met by two black portals positioned within a single-story stone wall. Inside, one is surrounded by a singular room crafted from natural materials. The northern and eastern walls are solid, while the southern and western walls are glazed — framing panoramic views of Mount Rainier and Elliot Bay. The glazing opens to a floating deck covered by a 50-foot cantilevered roof plane.
Indigenous Pacific Northwest materials define the palette, creating a biophilic space that honors the region. The walls are constructed from the same stone as the riprap found along the Elliott Bay shoreline, while the floors and ceilings are crafted from local Douglas Fir trees. The steel structures and rough sawn cedar siding are stained or painted black, highlighting the warm wood and stone.

They’ve created a place of respite on the campus. The place has a sense of purpose and it feels like a cohesive project throughout.

Extended Partners

General Contractor

GLY Construction

Furniture Selection

Susan Marinello Interiors

Structural Engineer

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Landscape Architect

Surface Design

Geotechnical Engineer

Hart Crowser

Mechanical & Plumbing Design Build

Hermanson Company LLC

Energy Consultant

RDH Building Science Inc

Waterproofing Consultant

RDH Building Science Inc

Sustainability Consultant


Civil Engineer & Surveyor

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Electrical Engineer

Stantec Electrical

Lighting Designer

Fischer Marantz Stone

Low-Voltage Systems

Affiliated Engineers, Inc

Telecom Consultant

Hargis Engineers, Inc

Security Consultant

Aronson Security Group


Adam Rouse


Bathroom Fittings & Fixtures

American Standard, Zurn

Kitchen Faucet




Ice Maker


ADA Drinking Fountain


Interior Fireplace



Lucifer LED, Luminii LED

Bathroom Pendants

Allied Maker

Aluminum Storefront Window System & Exterior Sliding Doors


Exterior Aluminum Hinge Door

La Cantina

Insulated Glazing Units



Wood Floor

Solid Douglas Fir

Fireplace Hearth & Social Point Countertops

absolute black granite w/ flamed finish

Custom Wood Ceiling

solid douglas fir board custom modular system

Window Shades


Window Shade Fabric


IT / AV Room Floor


Back of House Floor

acid etched exposed concrete

Exterior Deck

Solid Ipe

Resilient Baseboards

Tarkett Ceramic

Tile Bathroom


Walk Off Entrance Grating


Custom Restroom Sink

Cement Elegance


Custom Wood Ceiling Fabricator


Custom Metal Chevron Fascia


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