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Burrard Properties Seeks to Introduce New Urban Living Concept Through Proposed 180-Unit Project

Burrard Properties, Belltown, Seattle, NEXUS, Hewitt, Herzog & de Meuron
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Seattle, WA – Burrard Properties (Burrard), developer of the celebrated NEXUS tower, is pleased to announce plans to bring an innovative new urban living concept to Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood designed by world-renowned architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron. The proposed mixed-use residential building is expected to provide a range of fully furnished short and long term rental suites along with innovative services and amenities that promote healthier city life through wellness, convenience and connections within the community.

Located at 2407 1st Avenue, the project’s goals include enriching quality of life for its future residents as well as creating value for the surrounding community through world-class design and the integration of public-facing features and amenities that support economic vitality, social interaction and cultural engagement.

Slated to reach ten stories plus a rooftop terrace, the proposed building will contain an estimated 160-180 units and will stand apart in both its form and function. Burrard is delighted to announce that it has engaged the world-renowned design firm Herzog & de Meuron to partner with the celebrated Seattle-based architecture firm Hewitt, who will collectively lead the project’s design team.

“This exciting project seeks to set a new bar for urban living by thoughtfully responding to the contemporary needs of today’s city dwellers with a residential offering that integrates numerous, historically disparate lifestyle needs into a singular, optimized, elevated and hospitality-forward model,” said Christian Chan, CEO of Burrard Properties. “Furthermore, with the incredible design team that we have assembled, led by Herzog & de Meuron and Hewitt, we truly believe this project will be a significant architectural addition to Seattle.”

“This project is exciting and interesting to us on many levels. It is unique in its urban and public potential. The vision the client has for public programming in combination with the site’s historically rich location in the diverse, pedestrian friendly Belltown neighborhood offers great potential to create a new active place within this community. We also look forward to working in Seattle for the first time and getting to know this vibrant city and its amazing natural setting,” said Simon Demeuse, Partner in Charge of Herzog & de Meuron

“We’re thrilled to be part of this exciting project and offer our intimate familiarity, knowledge and expertise of Belltown’s urban and pedestrian experience. Capturing the spirit of Belltown combined with the thoughtful vision of Burrard and the innovative design approach of Herzog and de Meuron, the project will occupy a special place amongst the diverse history of the neighborhood ranging from the classic 19th-century structures of the Hull Building and Union Stables to the grunge era of the Crocodile. Drawing on these significant moments in Seattle’s history, this project will contribute to the future of Belltown with Burrard’s innovative, urban living concept adjacent to the new waterfront plan,” said Julia Nagele, Director of Design of Hewitt.

In addition to progressive urban design and architecture, the proposed building’s interior program positions the project as a cultural hub for the neighborhood – envisioned to include wellness amenities, co-working facilities, meeting/event space, a bar/lounge, arts programming and an open market-style retail/F&B operation.

Currently in the planning stages, Burrard Properties hopes to commence construction in 2022 with completion in 2024.

Burrard Properties (Burrard) is a real estate company based in Vancouver and Seattle with an impressive track record of landmark communities and projects around the Pacific Rim, including their most recent multifamily residential development NEXUS located in downtown Seattle.

Founded in 1979, the Burrard’s vision is a better urban experience for all, with a mission to create engaging places that meaningfully improve quality of life.  The family-owned company is known for building and managing a diverse portfolio of master-planned communities, residential developments, commercial assets, and resort/hospitality properties, which have garnered over 40 industry awards.

Established in Basel in 1978, Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron together with Senior Partners Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler, Stefan Marbach, Esther Zumsteg, and Jason Frantzen. An international team of nearly 500 collaborators, including the two Founders, five Senior Partners, eight Partners, and 44 Associates, work on projects across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The main office is in Basel with additional offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Berlin and Copenhagen. The practise has designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. Many projects are highly recognized public facilities, such as museums, stadiums, and hospitals, as well as distinguished private projects, including offices, laboratories and apartment buildings.

Herzog & de Meuron has also established itself along the West Coast with projects such as the Dominus Winery in Napa Valley and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Currently under development are the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles and the new Vancouver Art Gallery. The firm has received acclaim for projects that are very accessible to the general public while also housing private programs. Noteworthy among those are 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and the Public Hotel in New York City.With the Tate Modern in London, the former Central Police Station in Hong Kong, or the Park Avenue Armoury in New York City, Herzog & de Meuron has demonstrated a particular aptitude for respecting legacy buildings and their historic context while transforming them into something new. 

ABOUT HEWITT Architecture
Seattle based HEWITT Architecture was founded in 1975 and is led today by Director of Design, Julia Nagele and Director of Practice, Sean Ludviksen. The studio is a collective of creators and thinkers who are driven by their curiosity and rigor. The studio has designed a wide range of work from skyscrapers to small-scale retail and mixed-use projects. Currently under development in Seattle are The Emerald Tower, Capitol Hill Transit-Oriented Development, Mama Tower and Hinoki, an affordable housing project in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood. HEWITT Architecture’s design approach seeks to expand the urban experience. Their work is inspired by the historical, cultural and natural context. They focus their collective expertise on a range of project types and sizes.Their work endeavors to evoke meaningful responses within the complexities of urban life.