Modern Eco Efficiency Lofts
At the point of developing this project, several design directives pushed the boundaries of conventional multifamily housing at the time. First, designed as micro units, the building was amongst the first to adopt the high density efficiency model with shared kitchens and gathering spaces on each floor and on the roof as a new model for communal living. Second, with the aim of passive house certification came the desire to maintain the highest standards of energy efficiency in line with the most progressive models. With this, the building envelope and systems meet highest standards of efficency, solar panels provide power to the building aspiring towards net-zero compliance. Despite the compactness of each unit, there is a generosity in spatial expression in the loft configuration that provides a graciousness to the small footprint of the units. In addition, the sloped topography presented a series of challenges in maximizing the zoning capacity of the site. This multi unit development in many ways pushes the boundaries to bring solutions to a number of challenges facing Seattle at this time.