Zoning requirements provoke elegant solutions
A setback above 40 feet was required along 102nd Ave, which created a challenge for the building’s massing. We responded with a massing scheme that steps back along 102nd to create deep patios for the units at this floor that get a view of the Downtown Park. The volume that faces the park has a tuxedo on; beautiful, integral wood panels swath this volume, putting its best face forward. The sidewalk is lined with retail spaces, and a restaurant is planned at the corner closest to the park, replacing 99 Park which was demolished to make way for this new development.
A flexible big idea
Late in the project, the location of a high-voltage power line required us to cut back a corner piece of the building. However, due to the clear design strategy toward the south end of the site—using three horizontal layers with a strong central brick band—we were able to make this change without compromising the building’s overall concept. The wedge that was cut out creates a friendly massing solution, inviting visitors from Bellevue’s Old Main Street. Our “big idea” for the building provided structure for sense-making, while also offering flexibility for the practicalities of the real world.