Mix of Old and New in a Garden Setting

The original Belroy Apartments, designed by Bain & Pries in 1931, is one of Seattle’s best examples of Art Deco architecture. This project designated the original building as a historic landmark, and created an ensemble of old and new residential units within a gardened setting. The project sought to reconcile the new with the old, and integrate the natural with with the built environment. A significant issue in the entitlement of the project was the approval of a rezone to increase the height of a portion of a new building. The rezone allowed a low wing, matching the height of the original building, and a higher bar along the north edge of the site.

The new building addresses Bellevue Avenue East, with stoops accessing ground-related units and stairs leading to upper level units.  A popular neighborhood cafe adds life to the street, bringing together commercial, recreational, and residential uses.

Framework’s Principal Lesley Bain was Principal in Charge while at Weinstein A+U 

Client:
Point 32

Collaborators:
Land Morphology – Richard Hartlage

Photos by Derek Reeves, Occular Proof