Photo of Leeward

Ⓒ Casey Braunger

Photo of Leeward
Photo of Leeward
Photo of Leeward

Ⓒ Aaron Locke

Photo of Leeward

Ⓒ Aaron Locke

Leeward

Eclectic Housing in South Lake Union

Leeward is like no other apartment in Seattle—rivaling typical apartment design through both technical and livable measures. It's a mixed-use development that celebrates the rebirth of South Lake Union and the needs of its growing population. Because of a steeply sloping site and strict code guidelines, our design for the LEED for Homes Gold mid-rise is innovative and resourceful. A mix of luxurious prestige and gritty industrialism, our design adds 296 new apartments, one-of-a-kind amenity spaces, and vibrant street-level retail to the area.

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Seattle, Washington
COMPLETED IN 2018
  • 296 units
  • 11 stories
  • 265,000 sq. ft.
MARKET

Housing

DISCIPLINES

Architecture , Interiors

PROJECT TYPE

Mid-Rise , Urban Living Interiors

PROJECT CONTACT

Architecture: Mack Selberg

Interiors: Melissa Fedorchenko

housing@ankrommoisan.com


Architecture Story

Scaling New Heights

Leeward is a mixed-use development that enhances the pedestrian experience along Dexter Avenue North and offers a one-of-a-kind living experience for professionals in the rapidly growing area of South Lake Union. Inside and out, the design is rooted in the neighborhood's historical maritime and industry character. Creating a 400,000 sq. ft. mixed-use project on a steep hillside in Lake Union is easier said than done. Our team had a series of sit-down reviews with the city to present ICC-compliant moves, code alternates, and unique structural solutions. Thanks to the team’s knowledge of Seattle zoning and building codes, the development was made possible. Three buildings, bridged with underground spaces, span the 60 ft. elevation change of the site. Together they represent a terraced vista that overlooks the watershed for Lake Union. It fits the scale, context, and character of the neighborhood and creates a human-scale experience for pedestrians and commuters along Dexter Avenue. Each streetscape and building façade is designed to complement the public/private transition at residential entries. Textured wooden panels are interposed between tall, simple windows and metal paneling. A neutral base echoes the Northwest’s aesthetic and planters with slatted wood dividers separate resident patios for a warm look and added privacy. As a “jewel box,” the smallest building uses rich wood and black windows to visually distinguish its character as the main entry into the development. The hillside-scaling design resulted in an opportunity to create an amenity like no other in the city: an underground lounge complete with a restored ‘69 Airstream Trailer. The “backyard” of the development has been a verifiable hit—so popular with residents, a couple married in it. Leeward also offers easy access to (real) outdoor amenity spaces as well. In the central courtyard, each home apartment has a private deck that’s integrated with a continuous, mounded landscape on year-round groundcover and framed by large shrubs and small trees for privacy. Three distinct roof terraces provide multiple opportunities for relaxation, recreation, and social gatherings, each with different view aspects of the surrounding landscape, including Lake Union. Patterns of green roofs create a water-like surface for the wood decks recalling the lakeside locale. Small-scale trees in containers will enhance the space and provide definition to the outdoor rooms.

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Interior Story

Crafted for Community

Interior Photo of Leeward

Ⓒ Casey Braunger

Interior Photo of Leeward

Ⓒ Aaron Locke

Interior Photo of Leeward

Ⓒ Aaron Locke

Interior Photo of Leeward

Ⓒ Aaron Locke

Leeward is all about craft and contrast, layered histories and material expressions, prestige and grit—a vibe that’s both comfy and surprising and matching perfectly with Lake Union’s eclecticism. The interior spaces are modern and eclectic, reflecting an aspirational living environment for professionals making strides in their careers. Leeward is quirky. Its amenities reflect the need to cut loose and kick back. An underground amenity space is part garage, part backyard, part lounge. Residents hold Harry Potter watch parties and super bowl screenings in the yard room. In the fitness center, they lead a self-led “bootcamp” as an inclusive and community-building alternative to formal classes. There’s also a bar, game room, and a restored ‘69 Airstream trailer to add to the space’s quirky, fun attitude. The range of amenities—from sophisticated to casual—differentiate Leeward from typical developments in dense, urban settings. This eclectic style also translates into a mix of styles and colors. Industrial design mixes with posh, yacht and lake-inspired details. Throughout the building, colors and finishes offer a subtle nod to the industries bordering Lake Union, captured through wood with pronounced grain, an eclectic mix of metals, and subtle shifts in texture. Leeward’s stand-out design appeals to young, professional tenants who want to live differently, socialize often, and access their office in just minutes.

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