Pax Futura

Project Details

Client: Cascade Built
Contractor: Cascade Built

Architect: Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects
Units: 35 
GSF: 20,100 sf
Retail: 1,050 sf
Expected Completion: Summer 2018
Location: Seattle, WA

Energy Performance: Passive House (PHIUS+ Anticipated)

Green Features: Targeting Built Green 4-Star. Net Zero Ready.

Located in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, Pax Futura will be one of the city’s first Passive House-constructed multi-family apartments. Residents will benefit from continuous, filtered fresh air for improved health, draft-free thermal comfort, increased quiet and security, and dramatically reduced energy use – up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling.

Embracing a simple modern design, the building’s neutral color palette will be accented with metal canopies and signage, and sliding wood screening elements to create a dynamic facade.  The courtyard will activate the east facade with circulation, bench overlooks, and vertical landscape and screen elements.

The dwelling units will be a mix of small efficiencies, studios, and one bedroom units with flexible floorplans that allow walls to be removed to create larger units as market demands evolve. Corner retail and live/work spaces with mezzanines provide added neighborhood activities and amenities.

Designed to achieve the rigorous Passive House standard and Built Green 4-star certification, Pax Futura will employ pared down mechanical systems, superior insulation, no VOC finishes, and natural bioretention planters to manage storm water onsite. The sliding screens will shield units from west-facing solar exposure, keeping units cool during warm months.

Residents will enjoy common entertainment spaces with an amenity room, courtyard, and a retail patio connecting the pedestrian experience to the project’s live/work and commercial spaces.