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1111 E. Pike / Olson Kundig Architects

  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Location: Seattle, WA, USA
  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Design Principal: Tom Kundig
  • Managing Principal: Kirsten R. Murray
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Francis Zera, Tim Bies

© Tim Bies © Tim Bies © Tim Bies © Francis Zera

From the architect. An urban infill project set in Seattle, Washington’s ever-changing Pike/Pine neighborhood, award-winning architect Tom Kundig’s 1111 E. Pike draws inspiration from a wide array of sources. Combining an urban industrial feel with sleek modern lines, and communities both professional and residential, 1111 E. Pike is a lively addition to an already bustling part of the city. The multi-purpose project features ground-level retail space, five levels of condominiums, two underground parking levels, and a roof-top garden.

© Tim Bies
© Tim Bies

1111 E. Pike is Kundig’s debut boutique condominium project. By emphasizing the importance of natural light, open space, and the simplicity of the building’s materials, Kundig’s design is meant to fit within the neighborhood’s aesthetic while simultaneously making itself known as something to truly behold.

© Tim Bies
© Tim Bies

Several nods to the building’s urban setting and the industrial and automotive background that shaped the neighborhood include wide windows and high ceilings, the use of steel at the entrance, and an exterior of panelized siding with a color palette inspired by vintage 1920s automobiles. Each condominium features nine-foot floor-to- ceiling windows and open-plan layouts with a partially enclosed kitchen. Unconventional touches, like a “puzzle” door that slides along the ceiling, allows owners to alter their living spaces as needed.

© Francis Zera
© Francis Zera

1111 E. Pike is a prime example of inexpensive living located amidst a busy urban center. The building is market-rate and meets LEED requirements for Development Density, Site Selection, Alternate Transportation, and Storm-water Management.

© Francis Zera
© Francis Zera
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