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Entrant Name
Weinstein A+U LLC

Design Team
Ed Weinstein, FAIA Lesley Bain, FAIA Scot Carr, AIA Cory Harris

Collaborators
General Contractor: Walsh Construction Co. Landscape Architect: AHBL Civil Engineer: Springline Design Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers Mechanical Electrical & Plumbing Engineer: Sazan Group Building Envelope: BEE Consulting, LLC

Owner / Client
Belroy Homes LLC / Point 32

Belroy Court Apartments

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The Belroy Court Apartments consist of the renovation of the newly landmarked 51-unit Belroy Apartments—one of Seattle’s best examples of art deco architecture—and three new apartment buildings containing an additional 58 market-rate apartments. The thoughtful relationship of new buildings to the historic structure generates a network of varied communal and private outdoor spaces that serve to weave old and new together while maintaining the individual character of the buildings.

Two three-story “courtyard” buildings immediately adjacent to the existing building continue the cornice line and massing of the original along Bellevue Avenue. The new buildings use the same point-block circulation as the existing structure, organizing pairs of units around regularly placed entry stairs. The multiple points of entry provide scale and help foster smaller communities within the complex. The organizational technique promotes cross ventilation and provides the dwelling units with daylight at each side.

Located atop a steep hillside formed by the construction of nearby Interstate 5, the site affords excellent views of downtown and South Lake Union. A six-story “tower” building at the north end of the site is oriented east-west to minimize solar heat gain and diminish its impact on the views of neighbors while also capitalizing on the view potential of the site. In keeping with the through-unit organization of the low-rise buildings, two-level townhouse apartments allow cross ventilation and daylight access at either end of the dwelling.