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400-Unit Residential Project Planned for Seattle’s Belltown Neighborhood Takes a Step Forward

Seattle, Belltown, Noya Hill Real Estate Development Company, Third Place Design Co-Operative

By Catherine Sweeney 

A planned 48-story residential tower is continuing to make its way through Seattle’s design review process, recently receiving approval from the Downtown Design Review Board during a recommendation hearing. 

The hearing was the second recommendation meeting for Noya Hill Real Estate’s 400-unit proposal. The project, which includes designs from Seattle-based architect Third Place Design Co-Operative, would be located at 2033 4th Ave in the Belltown neighborhood and include a mix of studio, one- and three-bedroom apartment options as well as 528 square feet of commercial space. 

“The proposed development seeks to enhance the eclectic community of the Belltown neighborhood by providing a contemporary building design inspired by the spirit of the Pacific Northwest, as well as much needed residential units within downtown Seattle,” the proposal states. 

The project was most recently reviewed before the Downtown Design Review Board on Sept. 6, at which point the design team was asked to return for a second meeting. At that time, the board asked for more specific details regarding the project’s massing, its materials and its relationship with other nearby buildings.

Since its last meeting, the project has changed slightly, with the design team ultimately eliminating a previously requested departure from code which would have allowed for added width to the tower. Other aspects, including a gradient of color throughout the tower, remain the same. 

The building has also been changed to blend in more seamlessly with surrounding buildings. According to the design proposal, the tower would be set back at above 85 feet to allow for added space. 

“This is the updated design without the additional width that was being requested previously. We are still doing the rest of the [design] scheme that we were hoping to do, which is a gradient of color. Starting with a darker color at the base, moving up to give the building an appearance of stretching taller and also disappearing as it rises into the sky,” Heather Hargesheimer, director of architecture at Third Place Design Co-Operative, said.  

The tower’s design includes a fully glazed first level with visibility between interior and exterior spaces, according to the design proposal. In addition, a proposed wooden ceiling would extend past the interior space and move outside to blur the boundary between public and private space. 

Moving up through the tower, the exterior would feature a mix of glass with frit patterns to add texture as well as privacy for residents throughout the building. The top of the building will further slim down through a mix of tenant amenity spaces. At the rooftop level, the development will feature a pool with a spa, several outdoor seating areas with barbecue grills and a meditation/yoga room overlooking the city.

“We’re trying to have the building kind of disappear and slim down as it goes up, and one of the ways we’re doing that is we decided to actually start to deconstruct the top of the tower and by doing that we’ve created a really interesting mix of indoor and outdoor spaces on the top of the buildings so that residents can have a variety of opportunities to either hang out with other people or have private moments,” Hargsheimer said. 

Overall, the board showed approval for the project and it moved it along with minor conditions. Most specifically, the board asked the development team to use neutral window treatments that enhance the overall transparent look of the tower.