LUMEN adds to Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood by reflecting its surroundings – its streets and its neighbors, notably Mercer and Roy Street, the Seattle Center, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This project supports both commercial tenants (500 Mercer) and residential ownership (LUMEN).
The mid-rise project aspired to raise the architectural bar for mixed-use development in the City. It is a sleek, modern statement utilizing natural materials such as exposed concrete, stone, glass, and stainless steel. Residences offer flexibility with open floor plans and movable interior wall systems. The exterior facade responds to the character of the street it faces. On Mercer Street, the look is sleek and efficient. On Fifth Avenue, the modulated facade has angled balconies that maximize views.
Historic sycamore trees were preserved, and new hedges and custom seating enhance the street’s promenade quality. Along Roy Street, plantings cascade down the sidewalk slope to improve the pedestrian transition from busy arterial to calm residential neighborhood. Shared space within the condominium project features walkways, intimate landscaped spaces, and a lush, private central courtyard. Each courtyard-facing townhome has a private garden and entrance.