This Lower Queen Anne apartment complex has ‘passive house’ design


Journal staff reporter

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Solar panels are planned for the roof, and the units would have high-performance windows in an airtight envelope.

Squeezed between the Sienna condominium and a Diamond parking lot, A&A Printing has operated at 320 Queen Anne Ave. N. for 38 years.

The 7,200-square-foot site was acquired by the Matni family in 1992 for $438,000, with a two-story building that was constructed in 1957.

The Matni family is now proposing to demolish the existing structure and build a seven-story apartment building with 59 units and four parking spaces above grade. Three units will be live-work spaces facing Queen Anne. Parking will be accessed from the alley to the east.

The project has its second design review meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18. It is being submitted under current zoning, unlike other nearby projects that are anticipating an upzone for the neighborhood.

NK Architects is designing 320 Queen Anne as a passive-house project that will follow the principles of zero-net energy demand.

Solar panels are planned for the roof, and the building envelope would be airtight, with high-performance windows to mitigate heat gain. A heat-recovery ventilator (HRV), sunshades and robust insulation would also help minimize energy use.

Karen Kiest Landscape Architects is also working on the project, which will have a bike room, roof deck and rooftop dog run.

Total size would be almost 42,000 square feet.

NK’s design review packet states that, “The owner of the property intends for the development to be maintained as a family owned and managed building.”

Calls to the Matni family were not returned. NK Architects said that the print shop will move to a new, undetermined location and remain in business.

The design review meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W.