Helios is all about downtown Seattle living without sacrifice.
Stepping inside, Helios feels more like entering a luxury hotel than an apartment building. Dramatic angles abound, taking cues from the façade’s precast concrete panels. No detail has gone unnoticed: unit signage is fabricated of blackened steel, the reception desk is backlit onyx – even the corridors come alive with curated lighting levels and artwork celebrating the tower’s iconic Seattle locale.
The unorthodox fenestration pattern of the tower’s exterior required extensive interior coordination, but the team seized the opportunity to create a range of unit floorplans. In addition to a wide variety of unit layouts, residents will also enjoy high-end gas appliances and monochromatic finishes that – when coupled with stellar views – epitomize modern urban living. To take it one step further, decks are offered at all levels to capture every opportunity for residents to soak in views of Seattle’s waterfront, Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains beyond.
Pursuing LEED Gold, the project includes sustainable materials, finishes, and products that promote occupant health and prioritize indoor air quality. Energy cost savings are predicted to be 33% over ASHRAE 90.1-2007, thanks to water source heat pumps, a domestic hot water boiler, efficient whole house fans, LED lighting and ENERGY STAR washers, refrigerators and dishwashers. Additionally, the garage accommodates charging for up to 19 electric vehicles.
Building amenities include a fitness and yoga center, theater, dog walk/lounge, and a luxurious hospitality-inspired lobby with retail. Open seating and matte black and copper fixtures in this space add a dramatic yet playful element when juxtaposed against raw concrete columns. The mixed-use lobby is outward facing – the transparency of this space activates the exterior streetscape as well.
The design team partnership, WTGBD, is composed of Seattle-based Weber Thompson and Portland-based GBD Architects