The 2019 NAIOPWA High-Rise Residential Project of the Year, Kiara, is a mixed-use project that juxtaposes a modern, sleek and sculpted 440’ tall tower with a crisp masonry podium structure that is carefully proportioned to blend with nearby industrial-age warehouse structures.

Client Name

Holland Partner Group


Seattle, WA

Completion Date

Q3 2018


Landscape Architecture

PROJECT Overview

440′ / 41-Story Tower
628,688 GSF
482,622 SF Residential space
15,543 SF Retail
461 Residential Units
28,200 SF Site




2019 NAIOP Night of the Stars
High-Rise Residential of the Year

2019 Seattle Business Magazine Skyline Awards
Silver Winner, Multifamily / High-rise


Amanda Keating
Senior Principal

Rachael Meyer
Landscape Architecture Principal


Weber Thompson provided architectural and landscape architectural services for the Kiara project.

Photography: Brent Smith, Holland; Andrew Buchanan, Subtle Light Photography; Weber Thompson

Kiara Architecture

Kiara’s tower is composed of two major contrasting vertical elements that help to slenderize and break down the mass into an elegant vertical layered composition of alternating glass colors and surfaces. Sculptural geometry reinforces this theme, with both orthogonal and curvilinear geometries.

Kiara Landscape Architecture

Enhancing Denny Triangle’s walkability

Located at the southernmost edge of South Lake Union and the northernmost edge of Denny Triangle, the building is positioned to enhance the walkability and transit orientation of Seattle’s downtown. Rotated to reflect Terry Avenue’s grid shift, Kiara’s sweeping glass tower rises above and contrasts with the rectilinear, brick encased podium.

Kiara Architecture

Spacious retail opportunities

Kiara’s podium [base structure] is a modern interpretation of the historic industrial warehouse structures once common in the neighborhood. The details, which emphasize brick, steel plate, and bolted connections for canopies and railings are reminiscent of the neighborhood’s past, and will age with patina matching the industrial present. Nearly 15,000 SF of retail is contained in the podium and is home to an international-flavored H-Mart market and a drop-in medical clinic.

Kiara Landscape Architecture

For city dwellers, green spaces are precious. This is why Kiara, in the heart of South Lake Union, contains multiple, lushly planted outdoor spaces, one of which is a veritable roof-top park

Kiara Landscape Architecture

The fifth elevation

The plantings on Level Seven are colorful, seasonal, fragrant and arranged in a striated pattern of texture and color that appeals to, and stimulates the senses. This ‘fifth elevation’ creates a distinctive graphic pattern when viewed from the levels above or the surrounding office and residential buildings. It is a delight to be in, or to look down on.

Kiara Landscape Architecture

Breathtaking panorama

The top of the tower is terraced and sculpted, and the rooftop itself provides an additional garden and owner’s lounge. From here spectacular views of Lake Union, The Space Needle, Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountain range can be enjoyed by residents throughout the year.

“I've lived in great apartment buildings across a dozen different cities, and Kiara has been my favorite by far.”

Terrence H, resident

“My husband and I fell in love with Kiara from the moment we walked onto the 41st floor patio. It has stunning views of Seattle, the Space needle, and SLU.”

Katie T.L, resident

“Quality built building! Looks gorgeous!! ”

Jeff T, Resident

Kiara in the News

These Seattle-area luxury rentals are next level
Seattle Magazine
October 11, 2019

Top 10 multifamily completions in the Pacific Northwest
Multi-Housing News
April 9, 2019

DJC Project of the Week: Kiara Seattle
Daily Journal of Commerce
December 18, 2018

Kiara Seattle puts a ‘park’ on the podium
Daily Journal of Commerce
November 19, 2018

Kiara apartment tower opens in South Lake Union
Curbed Seattle
October 23, 2018

41-story Denny tower to top out in January
Daily Journal of Commerce
December 21, 2017

970 Denny Way erupts into Seattle skyline
Skyrise Cities
October 6, 2017

A territorial perspective: 970 Denny Way
The Urbanist
August 19, 2015

Five projects under construction in Seattle’s Denny Triangle
Skyrise Cities
February 17, 2017

Big pour for Holland’s 40-story Denny tower
Daily Journal of Commerce
July 28, 2016

16 high-rise projects changing Seattle’s skyline
Curbed Seattle
March 30, 2016

Holland ready to start another 40-story tower, this one in SLU
Daily Journal of Commerce
January 11, 2016

DPD Oks Holland apartment tower
Daily Journal of Commerce
December 29, 2015

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