METRO 112 PHASE II Apartments Bellevue, WA Opening 2017
This is a case where “less is more” meant a shrinking footprint that led to collaborative, out-of-the-box thinking to resolve design issues.
The already small site is constrained by several utilities easements and some very visible (and rather unattractive) electrical transformers on the most prominent corner. The allowable building space underwent numerous changes, even to the point of losing ten feet on the entire east side. That change, more than anything, defined the “shifting boxes” concept of the building. Grabbing all the airspace possible, upper floors are cantilevered over ground-level easements. A big inside corner at street level accommodates those thorny transformers, and clever landscaping directs the eye to more interesting views without blocking access to the equipment.
Attentiveness, flexibility, and a delight in solving problems, plus close collaboration with the utilities, property owner, and civil engineers, helped keep the project on track and resulted in a program that works for all parties.
55 apartment units
Two live-work units
One floor of underground parking
60,150 SF CLIENT -Simpson Housing LLLP ARCHITECT -Tiscareno Associates INTERIOR DESIGN AND INTERIOR RENDERINGS -Mandy Callaway Interiors