1111 E. Pike / Olson Kundig Architects

© Francis Zera

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

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.

typical floor plan
roof deck floor plan

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

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.

© Tim Bies

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.

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Cite: "1111 E. Pike / Olson Kundig Architects" 09 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=68031>
  • mike

    any idea of what the exterior cladding is? cement board?

    • luke

      yes it is….

      • Alberto

        There is no visible means of attachment so it’s doubtful its cement board. More than likely, its metal paneling.

  • JS

    Woah Woah Woah WOAH

    Kundig and no Cor-ten?

    • fb

      I infinitely like your comment.

  • Andy

    Randomizing panel colors is dated and it comes off as simplistic and cheap. Not really a fan of the brow, either. Nice interiors, though!

  • http://www.timbiesphotography.com Tim BIes

    Fun project to photograph. The interior configurations vary quite a bit from one unit to another, which is really nice. The project has a really nice street presence and fits in really well with the neighborhood.

    (side-note: the photo credits are actually reversed here for some reason..)