Redmond, Washington

Weaving a Residential Experience into a Retail Environment


  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Redmond

  • Type


  • Size

    468,500 SF
    286 Residential Units

  • Parking

    127,500 SF

  • Status

    Completed 2020

  • Services


  • Photographer

    Built Work Photography

  • Client

    Lowe Enterprises

Bringing a residential experience to a retail environment

Talisman is the first residential project within the Redmond Town Center, a development that houses shopping, offices, parking and a future light rail station. The challenge was to intertwine the residential experience in the existing plan, as well as to conceal its 500+ parking stall garage in a graceful way. We also needed to avoid digging too deep into Redmond’s water table—only building approximately one story below grade.

Six stories of thoughtful design

As a structure taller than its surroundings, we took care to break down the massing and relate it to existing structures and contexts We incorporated a new-yet-familiar language with brick detailing throughout. Our vision included significant retail space—perhaps the largest in Encore’s portfolio of mixed-use buildings—increasing the area’s walkability with 9,000 square feet of specialty shops.


Featuring upscale industrial-style lofts

One key feature of the Talisman are the top floor lofts that soar above the surrounding structures, exuding an airy, industrial feel. The lofts blend modern urban design with warm finishes, including the use of special cross laminated timber panels for the exposed loft floor structure.

Program: Retail: 9,000 SF, Parking: 172,449 SF