Uptown Passive House Apartments

Project Details

Developer: Sound West Group

Builder: Cascade Built

Architect: Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects
Units: 59 
GSF: 42,000 sf
Expected Completion: 2018
Location: Seattle, WA

Energy Performance: Passive House (PHIUS+ Anticipated)

The Uptown Passive House Apartments knits a 60-unit high performance building into Seattle’s lower Queen Anne neighborhood. By pursuing Passive House certification, the world’s most energy efficient building standard, the building will use 50% less energy than other new apartment buildings being built in Seattle today. The notches in the building’s I-shaped form carve out interior courtyards that provide light and air to the building and to its neighbors to the North and South. The façades at the ends of the I-form architecturally hold the alley and the street edge, providing continuity along the streetscape.

Inspired by other mid-century modern buildings in the neighborhood, exterior shades regulate the amount of heat gain from the sun and give architectural interest to the building façade. Large bay windows at the street-facing units will be a cozy area for residents to look out onto the street life or beyond to views of the Puget Sound.


The mixed-use building includes live/work spaces on the first two floors and apartment units throughout. Because workforce housing will be provided through the multifamily tax exemption program, the project will help provide equitable access to the comfort and health benefits of Passive House buildings. A landscaped common roof deck and rooftop pet area provide additional community space for the building and capture surrounding views of the nearby Space Needle and Elliott Bay.