Few sites in the Northwest rival the Queen Anne perch for its electrifying panorama across Seattle’s skyline to Elliott Bay and the Cascade and Olympic mountains. Still, it is the much-publicized architecture itself that infuses power into the dynamic sentinel. Masonry elements rise uninterrupted from earth to sky, with lighter metal and glass suspended between. The apex is a monumental staircase that ascends at the heart. Radiating out, heavenly glass-walled spaces engage the sweeping views, opening out to terraces marrying the outdoors.