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!

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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.




Annual Energy Benchmarking Compliance

Posted by nk on April 23, 2014

A growing number of cities have implemented energy benchmarking laws, and now Seattle is one of them. These programs require owners of multi-family and commercial buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to report annual costs for electricity, natural gas, steam and other utilities by April 1st of every year. By establishing energy performance ranges, owners can track year-over-year building performance, work to reduce greenhouse gas impact and see how their building stacks up against competitors. Benchmarking programs also allow perspective buyers and tenants to take energy costs into account when considering a property. If you need assistance with benchmarking compliance, contact us today.


NK celebrates new CEO, bids Boyd adieu

Posted by nk on April 18, 2014

We recently welcomed clients and friends to our office to help us celebrate the hiring our new CEO, Tim Weyand and to bid farewell to Boyd Pickrell, our longtime friend and colleague. Great food, drinks and conversation were enjoyed all. Thank you to everyone who attended.

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Celebrating our AIA National Housing Award Win

Posted by nk on April 7, 2014

Today, we are proud to share the news that our Passive House project, Park Passive, has received the prestigious AIA National Housing Award. Park Passive was one of five homes selected from nationwide entries in the one/two family custom housing category, and the only Passive House project to win.

The AIA National Housing Award recognizes the best in housing design and promotes the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. Designed by Brandon Nicholson, Lauren McCunney and Marie Ljubojevic of NK Architects and built by green builder Cascade Built, Park Passive demonstrates our commitment to innovative building design and talent for designing beautiful, high-performance housing.


“It’s an honor to receive this prestigious national recognition for our team’s design work on Park Passive,” said Tim Weyand, CEO of NK Architects. “Park Passive demonstrates that beautiful design, sustainability and livability can synergistically co-exist, and we’re proud to have successfully achieved this. We’re excited to bring this expertise to future projects and continue to pave the way for high performance, energy efficient, attractive homes and buildings through the addition of an in-house energy modeling and energy performance team.”

Park Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passive House. View the press release, and see the project in detail on its project page.

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Promoting Passive House Design

Posted by nk on March 31, 2014

Joe Giampietro, NK’s resident Passive House expert, took to the podium last week during the PHnw5 Conference in Portland to share details of our next Passive House concept, a groundbreaking Passive House apartment building in Seattle.  Joe discussed the multi-family low-energy design processes that NK incorporated; he also provided a demonstration of cutting edge designPH 3D modeling software, which NK used to simplify early design phase modeling.


Above: 3d modeling of the proposed Seattle Passive House Apartments using designPH software

Passive House is the world’s leading standard for energy efficient construction. A certified Passive House uses 90% less energy to heat and cool the home than standard built homes.

Learn more about NK’s Passive House expertise – view our first Passive House project, Park Passive here.