We Love Lincoln Park: NK’s Employee Picnic

Posted by nk on September 29, 2014

We said goodbye to the warm weather with some fun and comradery in our favorite part of Seattle. Earlier this month our staff got out of the office, scooped up their families and headed to West Seattle’s beautiful Lincoln Park for the annual NK employee picnic. This quiet reserve is one of the city’s best, offering pristine PNW beachfront, amazing views, trails, BBQ areas and activities for all ages.

Thanks to our fantastic staff whose talent, creativity and dedication continues to drive NK forward.

NK Picnic Group Shot

NK Selected to Design West Seattle Mixed-Use Development

Posted by nk on September 19, 2014

Full Building Rendering

NK was selected by Intracorp to design Intracorp Admiral, a 3-building mixed-use project located at 3210 California Ave SW in West Seattle. The Built Smart, 176,000 square foot project will have 134 apartments, including a mix of studios, one and 2-bedrooms and 2 work/live units. Each building is connected at and below grade by a parking garage.

Comprised of one 4-story and two 5-story buildings, Intracorp Admiral will also offer 6,100 square feet of retail space with beautiful hardscaping, planters and seating. The project’s maximized outdoor spaces will include a rooftop deck with views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, a courtyard situated on the parking lid facing away from the street and private patios for select units. Other amenities will include a fitness center, bicycle storage, an entertainment room that connects to an outdoor courtyard and two attractive lobbies.

Intracorp Admiral will begin construction in late 2014 and is estimated to be completed in spring, 2016.

NK Adds Two New Team Members

Posted by nk on August 27, 2014

NK is excited to welcome Paul Hanson, Senior Project Manager, and Leah Libow, Office Coordinator, to our team!

Paul is an award winning architect and expert in affordable housing with over a decade designing affordable multifamily housing for non-profit developers. He is passionate about shaping the environment by providing shelter to at-risk families, homes for the homeless, and stabilization for exploited neighborhoods. His work on Capitol Hill’s 12th Avenue Arts building received the Vision 2040 Award.

Paul is the proprietor of Partly Cloudy, which produces hand-crafted ginger beer sold at several Seattle restaurants. He has an innate passion for sailing and enjoys cruising and racing the Salish Sea with his family.

Paul Hanson

Leah brings over 10 years of experience to her role. She supports NK’s leadership and day-to-day administrative, HR, marketing, and event planning needs. Leah’s passion is deeply rooted in design as it relates to overall wellness. She is currently pursuing a certificate in wellness coaching from Vera Whole Health.

Leah Libow

Project Spotlight: Stream Belmont

Posted by nk on August 11, 2014

The recently completed Stream Belmont is a highly efficient 6-story, 70-unit apartment building located in Seattle’s bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood. By embracing innovative green practices such as using ambient air to heat its hot water – which is 75% more efficient than a traditional boiler – and aligning with  area nonprofits to plant trees to reduce its carbon footprint, the building is not only pending LEED-H Gold Certification, but it was constructed with a rare net zero carbon footprint.

We are excited about Stream Belmont’s green features, and proud of the building’s exterior. The durable brick, natural cedar and composite façade enhances curb appeal by embracing a contemporary design with a contextual feel while complementing the existing neighborhood.

By combining livability with sustainability, Stream Belmont’s residents enjoy its close proximity to downtown, modern interiors, abundant natural light and even rare individual outdoor spaces, including a rooftop deck with panoramic views of downtown, the iconic Space Needle and the Olympic Mountains.

Learn more about our other green multifamily projects on our project page.

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Project Completion Tour: Lightbox

Posted by nk on July 25, 2014

NK staff recently toured the completed Lightbox building that we designed for Intracorp. Located on 8th Ave NE in Seattle’s busy University District, Lightbox is a contemporary apartment building targeting LEED Silver certification. Amenities include onsite parking, a bike lounge, electric car charging, a rooftop deck, an entry courtyard that connects to the resident lounge, and expansive views of the Space Needle, downtown Seattle, Mt. Rainier and the Cascades. See a few photos we took below.








NK Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Posted by nk on July 11, 2014

Great food, local drink and music were enjoyed last month when we celebrated a decade in business. Thank you to our clients, friends, partners, and vendors who attended the fête at Westland Distillery and helped us celebrate 10 years of great design, growth and innovation.

Here’s to the talented people who contribute every day to NK’s success with creativity and savvy. In our next decade, we look forward to pushing the envelope even further designing quality, healthy, and more efficient multifamily buildings, and affordable housing in the city we love.

Thank you to our Intern, Caitlin McCunney, for serving as the event photographer. Scroll through shots from the celebration below.

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NK Designs New West Seattle Project for Capelouto Development

Posted by nk on June 24, 2014

NK has been selected by West Seattle developer, Capelouto Development, to design their new project at 42nd and Oregon in the heart of the West Seattle Junction. The six story residential apartment building will have approximately 45 units comprised of studios, 1-bedrooms and two-story lofts. The building will also have approximately 4,200 square feet of retail space designed to house 2-3 local retail or restaurant merchants. Residents will enjoy shared community space, including a roof deck with west-facing views and a plantable garden area, secure bike parking, and “connected living” with high speed internet. The project is expected to break ground in February of 2015.

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Pioneer Square Spring Clean

Posted by nk on June 10, 2014

As part of NK’s commitment to our community, we recently participated in the Pioneer Square Spring Clean. For over two years NK has called Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood home. Our team members appreciate the neighborhood’s charm, the character of Seattle’s most historic buildings, unique boutiques and coffee spots.  Members of NK’s staff joined over 130 volunteers to paint over graffiti, pick up litter and spruce up the neighborhood’s green areas including Fortson Square and the medians along 1st Ave S.

Thank you to our neighbors for helping to keep Pioneer Square clean!

Pioneer Square Spring Clean

NK’s 10 Year Anniversary!

Posted by nk on May 20, 2014

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Mark your calendars, NK Architects is celebrating our first decade in business!

Join us on June 26th at the uber cool whiskey distillery, Westland Distillery in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. Enjoy special entertainment from Keys on Main dueling piano show, custom cocktails, delicious bites from Herban Feast catering, plus a few surprises.

When: June 26th, 7:00 – 11:00pm
Where: Westland Distillery at 2931 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA
Why: To have fun, imbibe, and celebrate NK’s first decade in business

RSVP via Eventbrite





Construction Completed on West Seattle’s Vue Apartments

Posted by nk on May 9, 2014

NK’s design of the 111-unit Vue Apartments maximizes the site’s impressive views of Mt. Rainier and downtown Seattle from nearly every unit and all common areas. Located on a curved, sloping street, the building’s vertical bays give it a strong visual presence while its street-level courtyard and modern landscaping significantly improve the streetscape and pedestrian experience. Developed by CD Heritage, Vue is amenity-rich with a fitness room, on-site storage room, electric car charging stations, and expansive common outdoor space, including a level-two deck and large roof deck with several seating areas, a fire pit, a fireplace, large planters, and television with trellis. Vue is pursuing LEED Gold certification.