Ascent South lake Union
1145 Republican St., Seattle
Ascent South Lake Union is in the heart of Seattle’s tech hub, so it incorporates tech-inspired elements in its exterior design — “vertical bars in a binary staccato rhythm of pattern and light,” and a “Z fin” light strip, according to South Carolina-based developer Greystar. The 25-story building with 251 apartments — with an average 932 square feet in each — packs in other design features, from ground level with its retail space and outdoor entry place to a roof-top spa tub and lounge area dubbed “the beach.”
Ascent’s features also include a dog run and pet-wash room, multiple outdoor grilling areas, landscaped terraces and a protected courtyard. Behind the scenes, the project involved some complexity. Ascent is part of a two-building development built off a shared podium, involving multiple designers and general contractors. That necessitated frequent communication and streamlined coordination to see the project through to completion.
111 Terry Ave. N, Seattle
Holland Residential’s entry into the Seattle luxury-apartment market is the 40-story, 461-unit Kiara Tower adjoining both the Denny Triangle and South Lake Union neighborhoods. The building, with apartments ranging from studios to penthouses, is amenity-packed with rooftop barbecue stations, dining areas and lounge seating, a clubroom with presentation kitchen, a game room, a TV sports-viewing room, business-meeting and conference rooms, pet runs (described by one Yelp reviewer as “doggy Disneyland”) and lots of smart-phone-controlled features.