Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Odin Apartments

The Odin Apartments is located in Seattle’s resurgent Ballard neighborhood, a waterside working community influenced by Nordic settlers and the timber and maritime industries. Responding to the historic and cultural context, the building mass floats on a traditional Scandinavian white brick base in contrast with the courtyard’s translucent green hues. Nordic sensibility is translated through birch trees and expansive windows allow natural light to saturate interiors. The material palate interweaves timber and maritime influences, from the exterior cladding down to the interior finishes. Other dynamic expressions include an etched Viking ship, communal fire pits and lobby lighting emulating the aurora borealis.


Ballard Tallman Wins NAIOP Multi-Family Development of the Year
11.17.2016: The Registry 
Multi-Family Development of the Year 

Ballard's Nordic roots come out at Odin Apartments
06.23.16 Daily Journal of Commerce

Ballard Tallman to start in Fall
07.16.2013: My Ballard 
Apartment building set to start construction 

PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit 
July 2013
Best On-the-Boards Mixed-Use Project 

Equity Joins Team in Ballard 
06.25.2012: Daily Journal of Commerce
Equity Residential now on team for apartments in the heart of Ballard 

Client: Equity Residential 
Status: Completed 2015
Total sf: 318,835
Residential sf: 182,593
Commerical sf: 1,778
Units: 286