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Integrating Woonerfs into two new projects

Posted by nk on January 30,

NK’s recently announced townhome projects in Columbia in partnership with Quadrant incorporate a special community feature called a Woonerf.  By a Woonerf is a living street pedestrians and cyclists have priority over motorists.

The Woonerf was developed by the Dutch in the when residents were with cut-through traffic through their neighborhood. removed the brick street and it with winding serpentine

  Photo from The New York Article “Where Share the is Taken Literally”

Our application of the concept reprioritizes the drive space in each of these to put a primary emphasis on creating shared community space for and, secondarily, a space for to enter garages.

Click here for information about NK’s Valley townhome project.


Posted by nk on 17, 2013

NK Architects has been by Mack Urban. the successor to Harbor Properties and Harbor to design its new project at the intersection of and Stone Way. The five-story green building in Seattle s neighborhood will have 150 and three retail spaces a retail patio. The apartments be a mix of studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom

The project will offer multiple amenity spaces a roof deck with a roof with unique such as hop or grape vines. LEED for Homes certification energy and water consumption up to 30% the is expected to start construction in 2014, and be completed in July



NK is excited to be working with Homes on three multifamily projects in Rainier Valley and City, near the Central light rail and South cultural hubs. Quadrant to partner with NK for the firm’s on energy efficient architecture maintains the continuity and character of the neighborhood. Quadrant utilizes the technologies in sustainable building to create high-performing, cost homes. Quadrant 35th is a modern, 17-unit community in the heart of Columbia City.

The Avenue S Townhomes feature 16 residences in Columbia City, live/work units along Avenue. Both projects use of beautifully designed woonerfs convert a shared drive into a landscaped common Charleston Townhomes in Rainier will have 16-units feature flexible spaces reading nooks and interest along the stairs.

Each will target a Built 4-star rating.

Stream to be a Vision House

Posted by nk on August 1, 2013

NK s designed multifamily project, Fifteen. will be the first demonstration project in Green Media s VISION House® The 36-unit apartment building longtime client Stream Estate is located on 15th East in Seattle s Capitol neighborhood. Stream Fifteen is a mix of 1BD and 2BD apartments ranging from 450 square feet, along a ground level retail that extends the thriving district of the street. As a VISION Stream Fifteen will the latest in green design, techniques and products.

Targeting certification, the project will ground in February 2014.

Passive Project Selected for AIA Design Home Tour

by nk on July 10, 2013

We are proud to that our Passive House Park Passive, will be in AIA Seattle’s first-ever Explore Home Tour. One of seven on the tour, the striking modern on a small urban infill lot was by Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren and built by sustainable builder/developer Ritchie of Cascade Built .

Passive is the first certified House located in Seattle. The was certified by the Passive House and authorized by the Passivhaus Institut, sets rigorous design for energy use and air infiltration that into significantly decreased consumption, improved thermal and superior indoor air quality.  The House consultants on this were Rob Harrison and Dan Whitmore.

Photograph 1: Aaron Leitz

Park Passive was built on one of the difficult sites available for a Passive House. Early challenges included a small, floor plate; a zoning that required us to work the form of the existing house; and House requirements that minimized glazing on the north of the house, where windows have been intuitively and necessitated 18” thick walls.

We these challenges by emphasizing the space and playing with thickness on the front façade. led to interesting design features and surprises, such as the double-height kitchen space that connects the main living to the upstairs kids play a day-lit open stair with views to the street and a out nook for a window bench; and large skylights that abundant daylight throughout the living space. The design widened the floor plate and the lack of a back yard by a strong tie to the front yard a large lift-slide door and glazing.

Trees removed the site due to the lot size were for stair treads, wall and a live-edge bathroom counter creating warmth and a contrast to the walls.

Photograph 2: Aaron Photography

As one of Washington State’s energy efficient homes, the 3-bath Park Passive approximately 75-80% less energy compared to homes to today’s code standards. figure reflects all of the energy in the home by its family of four for cooking and refrigeration, clothes and drying, and hot water for bathing and

Park Passive’s average air temperature of 70 degrees is managed by and closing its Intus high windows and doors in summer and the heat recovery ventilator it’s colder.

In addition to our first Passive House we recently added Joseph a founding member of Passive NW and Certified Passive House to our team as a managing associate to our experience in Passive House

Purchase tickets to view Passive on the AIA Explore Design Tour on Saturday, September 14, here.


by nk on June 29, 2012

Boyd a principal at NK, contributed an article to the Daily Journal of Commerce on the in interest of prefabricated apartment last week.  His firsthand of the benefits of modular construction is by the firm’s recent design of a new apartment project located in University District. 7 th Avenue NE  is a 75-unit studio apartment that provides affordable for university students and young

  Designed to meet Built 4 Star requirements, the 7 th Avenue are being constructed by OneBuild. a coast supplier of manufactured modules and components.

Here’s a snapshot of key points Pickrell’s article:

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Accelerated timelines

Cost savings

indoors, away from weather elements

Community as a result of less impact construction traffic

Reduced waste

Key Challenges

Imposed limits and the need for more between floors in modular can mean the possibility of less

Space needed for craning-in

More extensive permitting

Financing modular construction can be often requiring a substantial up front

What’s the bottom According to Pickrell, the pros the cons and he anticipates modular becoming a much more practice.

Read the complete here .


Posted by nk on 17, 2012

NK s newest apartment located at 500 John Street the Seattle Center, consists of a mix of one and two-bedrooms and four live-work The 106-unit project, which is Built Green certification, offer residents a roof fitness center, communal dog wash, bicycle storage, and views. 500 John is expected to construction in January 2013 guaranteed financing from the HUD 221 (D) 4 program.

Project Spotlight: B O receives review approval

Posted by nk on 24, 2011

NK received a final from the design review to proceed with a 79-unit project at 1650 East Way —the site of the famed BO restaurant and coffee shop.

concerns of local residents, the conserves the SEPA view and relates to the quiet nature of the street with a set-in and refined landscaping details. its urban locale by offering level retail and restaurant adjacent to the arterial, the design modern building materials and as well as common areas and space. By optimizing the FAR and allowable limit this project the development potential of the site.

breaking is planned for spring of

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