Pax Futura

Client: Cascade Built
Contractor: Cascade Built
Units: 35 
GSF: 20,100 sf
Retail: 1,050 sf
Expected Completion: 2018
Location: Seattle, WA

Energy Performance

Passive House

(PHIUS+ Anticipated)

Green Features

Targeting Built Green 4-Star. Net Zero Ready.


Located in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, Pax Futura will be the city’s first Passive House-constructed multi-family apartment building. Residents will benefit from continuous, filtered fresh air for improved health, draft-free thermal comfort, increased quiet and security, and dramatically reduced energy use – up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling.

Embracing a simple modern design, the building’s natural color palette is accented with metal canopies and signage, and sliding wood screening elements to create a dynamic facade. A courtyard activates the east facade with circulation, bench overlooks, and vertical landscape and screen elements.

The dwelling units are a mix of small efficiencies, studios, and one bedroom units with flexible floorplans that allow walls to be removed to create larger units as market demands evolve. Corner retail and live/work spaces with mezzanines provide added neighborhood activities and amenities.

Designed to achieve the rigorous Passive House building energy standard as well as Built Green 4-star certification, Pax Futura employs pared down mechanical systems, superior insulation, no-VOC finishes, and natural bioretention planters to manage storm water onsite. The sliding screens will shield units from west-facing solar exposure, keeping units cool during warm months.

Residents will enjoy common entertainment spaces with an amenity room, courtyard, and a retail patio connecting the pedestrian experience to the project’s live/work and commercial spaces.