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For a while now we’ve been keeping an eye on developments in Pioneer Square as the Seattle neighborhood tries to make a comeback as a technology hum. More tech companies have been moving in, but one of the neighborhood’s big needs is more residential life, to keep the area populated after the workday.

A key development project is the planned Stadium Place development on the north lot of Century Link Field, which will include a new apartment tower destined to be home to many tech workers.

But what do you think of the proposed design of the apartment building? Here’s an architectural rendering of the glass-and-steel tower, designed by ZGF Architects.

First unveiled late last year, the eye-catching design recently won the blessing of the Pioneer Square Preservation Board, whose members had high praise for the approach. But in the context of the historic neighborhood, the design can seem a little jarring to some — drawing comparisons to everything from a Jenga puzzle to a Borg ship.

On second thought, maybe both of those are good comparisons, given the geeky residents likely to inhabit the building.

So is this an eyesore or a thing of beauty? Vote in our poll below.

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