Nuovo Tower Heads to Design Review
The Nuovo Tower will be the tallest and newest mixed-use building to grace the University District skyline since the recent up-zone, with a total project height of about 340 feet. The project is designed at three primary scales, as an elegant and well-proportioned tower integrated into the existing urban fabric and city grid.
- At the first scale, ground level: the project is intended as an urban destination with retail, green space and a landscaped neighborhood open space at its base to provide breathing room from the road and encourage pedestrian activity.
- At the second scale, the building’s vertical modulation below 65 feet helps establish a sense of identity and place in relative scale to the street width and heights of adjacent structures.
- At the third scale, the tower is designed to be a good neighbor with the surrounding buildings and to help act as an “Urban Marker” and way-finding mechanism in what is becoming an active district for new development.
The project team’s response to the dog-leg shift in the street grid along 11th Avenue NE is to engage in a bit of urban place-making by setting the building away from the street and devoting ground level space to recreation and enjoyment in support of the retail base. The result is a building that still aligns with the city grid yet also has room to breathe along the street, creating a neighborhood node different than anything else in the University District.
September 17, 2018 6:30 pm | Good Shepherd Center | 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Room 202