Project DescriptionInspired by the vivid hues of the Cinque Terre villages frequented by travelers, hikers and outdoorsmen, this mixed-use apartment building has been developed into a series of smaller well-proportioned masses rendered in contrasting, bold colors. These various pieces contribute to a “hill town” concept that is recognizable from many vantage points in the area, and that responds to the sloped character of the site and the rhythms found in adjacent developments.
The project is located at 801 Dexter Ave, on what is rapidly becoming an active and re-energized auto, bike and pedestrian corridor. Just blocks from Lake Union Park, South Lake Union, MOHAI, and The Center for Wooden Boats, True North has been infused with amenities to appeal to outdoor recreation enthusiasts. A rockclimbing wall is located in the gym, there's a trailhead room with maps and books and charts to plan weekend adventures, and a bike locker room has a special area for bike repair and drying out tents and sleeping bags. From the roof deck, residents have uninhibited views of Lake Union and the Cascade Mountains to the east while they grill their pizza in a wood-fired brick pizza oven. To the west, residents can enjoy views of the Space Needle and the Olympic Mountain Range while letting their pup roam around in the doggie area.
At the ground level, the building includes large retail and restaurant spaces at the corner of Aloha, as well as several live/work units along Dexter Avenue.