Early in the project, our discussions with AvalonBay focused on how profoundly Redmond is changing. The tech-centered city already had office parks, low-rise, and single-family homes. Designing in accordance with the goals of the Redmond zoning code and the Overlake Village Master Plan, our projects for AvalonBay brings contemporary building character and amenities to this multifamily housing project on the outskirts of Redmond, directly across from Microsoft’s Redmond campus.
Avalon Esterra Park includes two seven-story, mixed-use buildings with underground parking for residents and guests. Because these buildings are the gateway to the entire Esterra Park development, both AvalonBay and the city of Redmond knew—as we did—the importance of designing them well, and for a multicultural demographic. Drawing from previous experience with our client, we concepturalized both buildings to feature different styles that still relate to each other through shared references and amenities.
Overall, we designed for effortless living, with amenities for socializing, weekend relaxation, family time, fitness, and entertaining. We carefully balanced the two buildings, working closely with AvalonBay to tailor the spaces and amenities to fit multiple lifestyles: the Northern building geared toward families with an area for children to play and the Southern one catering to younger residents with social and fitness spaces.
We created two distinct, but complementary, exterior architectural design concepts for each building. One theme recalls a tailored suit: refined, woven, juxtaposing rigid lines, and organic elements. External materials modulate, giving textural and layering interest. Balconies project from all facades and graphically “stitch” the outer shell to the core building. The other concept melds the city’s past and present through a diverse materials palette. A transparent, crafted base represents Redmond’s history while sleek, modern boxes of housing units float above to represent Redmond’s present and future in tech.
Together, both buildings forge strong connections to the nearby urban park with a shared courtyard, giving weekend warriors and families opportunities for adventure right outside their door. A testament to successful design, this pair of buildings are among AvalonBay’s best performing in terms of leasability.