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A downtown Seattle condominium project of ours was recently completed and today’s post will cover the materials, methods and trades of the project.  You’ve heard us say it before and you’ll hear it again: the primary ingredient of a successful project is extraordinary clients and this project has an extra dose of it.  The owners brought a clean, Scandinavian aesthetic to the table in addition to dozens of creative design ideas.  The completed space achieves that warm-modern quality that is sleek, spacious and unadorned, at the same time comfortable and livable.  The owners understood the importance of discipline in design and it paid off with an effective use of space, rich materials and smart systems.

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When we were brought on board the unit was an empty gray-shell (exposed concrete) which is an ideal situation for architects.  All the plumbing, electrical and hvac (heating ventilation, air conditioning) was entirely exposed, subsequently the as-built documents we put together were very accurate.  Because of all the recent litigation around condominium exteriors in Seattle, the window and door systems are challenging to change or modify.  With the heightened insurance requirements, very few groups will even perform work to a building envelope.  It was decided to leave the existing window and door system as is.

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Lead architect, Andrew van Leeuwen, situated an enclosed pantry at the center of the space like a piece of furniture to provide separation of space without the restriction of floor to ceiling walls.

Heating and air conditioning is supplied near the windows through linear slot ceiling diffusers manufactured by Titus.  All the hvac ducts are located in a 10” high space above the drywall lid thanks to the hard work and clever engineering of Pro-Staff Mechanical.

A second line of inconspicuous ceiling slots adjacent to the windows conceals the electronically controlled drop down shades by Iris.

The 3-sided fireplace is the HL38DFPFC manufactured by Montigo.  This particular unit is great because it’s modern and minimal (no fake logs) and has a remote control option for flame height.

The “floating” bamboo floor is manufactured by Teragren and sits on a ¼” acoustic pad made by Dura-son.

Square recessed ceiling lights manufactured by Sistemalux create a sharp, organized look.  Lighting design for the project was provided by Precision LD.

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A small office nook is positioned in the corner of the kitchen, making good use out of the corner window.

The cabinet package by Henrybuilt is separated into two groups: the kitchen and den cabinets are walnut while the lower sitting benches around the unit are caramelized vertical grain bamboo to match the floors.  Conceptually the floors wrap up and become places for sitting and storing.

White Durat countertops at the kitchen were installed by Contemporary Countertops who did a sharp, clean job at the cut-outs and edges.

A dropped mdf (medium density fiberboard) painted soffit defines the kitchen space and creates an intentional location for ceiling penetrations (lights, fire sprinklers, speakers, etc).

The appliances in the unit are drop-dead gorgeous and include a cooktop, ventilation hood, speed oven, wall oven and dishwasher all by Miele.  The refrigerator is the Sub-Zero 611 series.

Dornbracht’s very new Tara Ultra faucet sits proudly at the sink.

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A concealed soffit uplight is used at the intersection of the kitchen soffit and the dining room soffit.  The Alpro dining room soffit is covered in a separate BUILDblog post here.

A re-lite to the bedroom beyond maintains natural light and views throughout the unit (left of the concrete wall).

Three “Casino” pendants lights by Tobias Grau are positioned above the dining room table.  These lights have the ability to change color when desired.

The building uses a lateral system of concrete shearwalls; three of these walls were left exposed in the unit and a smooth concrete skim coat was applied over the top.  The wall pictured in the dining room (above) has a small aluminum channel attached above – a modern picture rail for hanging art.

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Backlit sliding glass doors on the cabinets hug the wall and open up to floating shelves near the window.

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The den above also serves as a guest room.  The sliding Raumplus floor to ceiling glass doors fully enclose the space.

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A “Tequila Sunrise” Caesarstone countertop sits above a Henrybuilt floating walnut vanity.

Recessed ceiling lighting creates light without the fixture getting in the way.  Continuous LED bar lights by LED Power are used at the soffit condition.

Bathroom fixtures include Vola faucets and shower controls -these are some of the most beautiful plumbing fixtures we’ve worked with.

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A grid of glass tiles by Pental envelopes the shower, 4” x 4” stone is sloped at the floor to a 3” deep drainage trough.  The trough is capped with a perforated metal grate manufactured by McNichols Co.  This makes for an even shower floor and hides the drain.

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A set of four Raumplus floor to ceiling sliding glass doors conceal the master bedroom closet.  The top track is recessed into the drywall lid for a clean look.

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The gem of the project is the open tread riser stairway featured in a previous BUILDblog post.  Horizontal and vertical transparent panels separate the stair from the shower below, allowing silhouettes to be seen through the stairs.

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Lift-up doors at the lower landing allow access to storage bins below the stairs.

The steel handrails were fabricated by Zinke Design and have a blackened finish.

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The landing panels are 2” acrylic panels sanded down for an even translucent effect, the vertical panels are “Varia Modern Drift Green” manufactured by 3-Form.

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The downtown, mountain and Puget Sound views from the unit are exceptional; Modern Backyard is responsible for the exterior design at the decks and rooftop which include an irrigation system.

The project is designed and built as a 1,500 square foot cabinet.  Many of the project’s greatest features are concealed (pocketed shades, pocketed doors, reflected lighting). The unit uses a Sonos system as its “brain”, which allows control of the lighting, audio, and shade systems.  These systems are integrated together in a composition that has been intricately and meticulously detailed for every square inch of the project.

The general contractor is Charter Construction, whose motto is “Whatever it takes”.  There are challenges on any project and Charter did whatever it took and brought the project in within the prescribed budget.  Thank you to Eric and Norm who have a been a pleasure to work with.

For additional photos and information go to the BUILD website.