Ascent South Lake Union
- Services Structural Engineering
- Market(s) Residential
- Sustainability LEED NC Gold
Gold Winner Multi-Family/High-Rise, Seattle Business Magazine Skyline Awards, 2019
Construction of Excellence Award – Private Building Over $100M, AGC Build Washington Awards, 2019
Merit Award Winner – Best Multifamily Housing Community 100 du/acre or more, Gold Nugget Awards, 2020
12,000square foot retail podium
- Owner Greystar Real Estate Partners
- Architect Weber Thompson
- Contractor Turner Construction
- Collaborators City of Seattle
- Team Seattle, WA
The project’s South Lake Union location inspired the dynamic architecture and lush landscape. The contemporary mixed-use residential complex includes a 27-story tower, a 7-story mid-rise building, 4 levels of below-grade parking and a dramatic rooftop lounge and open-air deck. Retail at street-level is highly-transparent to allow retailers good visibility and the option to roll open sliding doors to spill out onto the sidewalk. The corner of the tower is set back significantly to create an inviting outdoor entry plaza. Two west-facing internal courtyards provide relief from the busy neighborhood and feature amenities including barbecues and a generous terrace for a variety of recreation.
Though the 265’ tall structure exceeds the height limit for shear wall only buildings, KPFF worked with the City of Seattle to develop appropriate design guidelines without undergoing a structural peer review.