Broadstone Lexington

Seattle, Washington

Merging Old and New in First Hill

  • Neighborhood

    First Hill

  • Type


  • Size

    77,000 SF
    75 Residential Units

  • Status

    Completed 2018

  • Services


  • Awards

    2019 Seattle People's Choice Urban Design Award, 3rd Place

    2019 Excellence in Masonry (WA): 1st Place, Residential

  • Photographer

    Built Work Photography

  • Client

    Alliance Residential Company

Making a home in the neighborhood

First Hill is a densely populated neighborhood where the old is merging with new construction. It’s walk-able, well-connected and peppered with small residential buildings, distinguished mansions and swaths of old-growth trees. It’s also surrounded by hospitals, adding a layer of bustling urbanity in the early morning and late nights. The challenge was to design a prominent building while accommodating the surrounding condominiums, both standing out and fitting into the immediate neighborhood.

Working with neighbors to create community

Broadstone Lexington is comprised of two parts: one that holds a hard edge on James and the corner, and one that takes a step back, laden with balconies and patios. We worked through the design evolution with neighbors and community groups, creating a building that elegantly responds to its surroundings. Units range from dramatic two-bedrooms on the corners, to open one-bedrooms with balconies with south-facing exposure. The building’s rooftop deck invites with downtown views, while the first-level co-working lobby offers a panoramic perspective of the busy corner at James and Boren, linking to the city from sky to street.

Old and new seamlessly combine

The building architecturally fits effortlessly into the historic neighborhood; but with a closer look, it’s clear that the building is new. Exquisite details abound, including unique and well-executed brickwork throughout. One notable element is the curved brick corner facing Boren Avenue that elegantly floats above the wrap-around glass lobby.

Program: Apartment units, lobby lounge, bike lounge, sports lounge, library/study room, entertaining/club room space.