Sitka’s design responds to varied contextual conditions in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood while evoking continuity with simple expressions and proportions. Three angled “cabin-like” buildings create a concave backdrop to the adjacent historic Cascade Park. The south wing’s sloped green roof allows natural light into the courtyard. Northwest Modernism and the landscapes of the nearby San Juan Islands inspire the project’s regional identity. The large green roof, urban agriculture, and a dense tree-filled courtyard – accessible to both residents and the community – support the concept of environmental retreat.

  • Client

    Vulcan Real Estate
  • Status

    Completed 2019
  • Total SF

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  • Residential Units

  • Certifications

    LEED for Home Platinum

    Salmon Safe Certification

  • Partners

    • Exxel Pacific
    • Berger Partnership
    • KPFF
    • Coughlin Porter Lundeen
    • Lair Design
    • Ecotope
    • Rushing
    • JRS Engineering
    • O’Brien & Co.
    • A3 Acoustics
    • Lead Pencil Studio

Sitka’s amenities enhance the concept of an environmental retreat in an urban setting.

Sitka has four entrances at every street frontage, each represents an environmental characteristic in the Northwest—mountains, meadows, forests, and waterways—which act as passageways into the tree-filled courtyard.

Program spaces that connect residents to nature include a “tree house” retreat, rooftop community garden, and indoor/outdoor entertainment zones, while the two-story indoor gym provides space for residents to exercise.

Lead Pencil Studio designed an artistic tree house that graces the courtyard which provides an urban sanctuary for the residents.