There’s always a place for colour and new combinations of design elements for our multi-dwelling developments in this city.  Last month I had a rainy day to kill in Seattle so I quickly photographed as many examples of materials, colours and building forms for new architecture I could find.  Here is a quick and dirty photo dump of the booming residential infill and commercial projects throughout the Emerald City, starting with the Neighbourhood of Ballard.

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The Vik Condominiums (1760 NW 56th St)

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The Vik’s streetscape interface is a rich blend of materials included wood, brick and Cor-ten Steel planters with a punch of bright colour.  Human scale elements soften the building mass.

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Down the street the South Elevation of the Greenfire Campus, a new eco-friendly mixed use development with apartments, commercial and restaurant space.  Bold metal and wood juxtaposing with excellent scale.

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The restaurant and cafe spill outside into a courtyard space shaped by a Bosque of trees with rusted tones of salvaged rebar fencing and again, Cor-Ten planters.  The surrounding buildings are keeping up with their own warm colour patterns.  Notice the galvanized rain collection tank in the back.

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The Ballard Commons mixed use building replacing a previous standalone Bartell Drugs location (5625 22nd Ave NW).

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Keeping with the Nordic theme, ODIN Apartments (5398 Russell Ave NW).  Like the Vik paying homage to the neighbourhood’s Scandinavian heritage.

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Bold and somewhat dark, the architecture is lightened with white brick, green glass and once again Cor-Ten steel.

More examples coming this week highlighting what our neighbours to the South are up to.  Cheers