2019 Skyline Awards, Multi-family/High-rise: Ascent South Lake Union

Plus: Silver Award winner Kiara
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TECH-INSPIRED. Aaron Keeler is director of development at Greystar, the firm behind Ascent, a luxury apartment complex in South Lake Union.

This article appears in the September 2019 issue. See more about the winners of the 2019 Skyline Awards here. Click here for a free subscription.

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.

Silver Award

Kiara
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.

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