Cypress is located in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace neighborhood, which is transforming into a diverse and vibrant mixed-income community. Originally developed 80 years ago as public housing with a design goal to maximize light and air for its residents, Cypress pays tribute to this original goal with a concept of outside-in that maximizes residents’ experience of nature. The project’s design allows residents to enjoy the outdoors in all weather conditions.

Common spaces are connected both vertically and horizontally, from the main lobby entry fronting a neighborhood park to the courtyard and roof decks overlooking the city park. The connection from the exterior to interior is expressed with roof and floor planes that extend out towards the surrounding open spaces. Interior spaces with plantings and natural finishes extend the exterior into the building.

Healthy living and a strong connection to nature are evident in the main staircase. This welcoming, sunlit space overlooks the park, while natural materials – such as cedar and brick – evoke the building’s Pacific Northwest regional architecture. The indoors extend outside with trellises and covered seating areas scattered throughout. The roof decks and courtyard provide spaces for residents to lounge and enjoy framed views towards mountains in the distance.

  • Client

    Vulcan Real Estate
  • Status

    Under Construction
  • Total SF

  • Residential SF

  • Commercial SF

  • Residential Units

  • Certifications

    Targeting LEED Gold Certification

    Targeting Salmon Safe Certification

  • Partners

    • Exxel Pacific
    • Hewitt LA
    • Coughlin Porter Lundeen
    • Vida Design
    • Ecotope Inc
    • Rushing
    • JRS Engineering
    • A3 Acoustics
    • O’Brien & Co