Viktoria is a 287,000 sf high-rise apartment building in downtown Seattle containing 249 apartment units. The target demographic for this speculative multi-family project was luxury-minded Seattleites seeking an upscale home in the heart of the city.
During conceptual design, the owners and architects opted to construct a rooftop deck that would encourage community building through designated spaces for private dining, gathering, and lounging – instead of the alternate choice – private balconies. Since this roof top amenity area would be shared by all of the building’s residents, special attention was given to providing privacy, grouping the deck into intimate areas, and providing connections between inside and out. Outdoor spaces on the roof deck are designed to feel contiguous with indoor spaces, offering residents a seamless experience throughout the building.
As the roof deck is located on the 25th story of the building, there were some unique challenges. Initial wind modeling suggested that high winds might become a concern, so the design team considered the weight and heft of the furniture they selected, or specified furniture that could be bolted down or that contained perforations or openings which would act as ‘wind holes.’ For lounge chairs and other seating, the selections needed to be moveable by people, but again, not by the wind. Other considerations were durability, maintenance requirements, and resistance to water and harsh weather.
On the south side of the roof deck, large teak windscreens were installed to break the deck into intimate spaces and provide weather protection. Flat screen TV’s hang from the rear side of the screens, which contain built-in seating on the other. These areas are perfect for intimate gatherings, and moveable furniture and stools can be arranged to comfortably accommodate larger groups.
The west deck looks out toward Puget Sound and contains chaise lounge chairs, soft seating and a fireplace to relax and watch the sun set, or to soak up afternoon rays during warmer months.
Overall, the project was awarded LEED Certification for new construction based on low-VOC finishes and wood floors, onsite electric car charging, bike storage, transit options, WalkScore ratings, and energy-efficient heating, cooling, lighting, appliances, and windows. On the roof deck, sustainable features include low-water usage landscaping, and drought tolerant plants including the signature Redwood tree on the southeast corner of the deck, which rises to peek through and oculus in the overhead canopy.
2nd Place: Best Outdoor Living Area
Northwest Design Awards
Seattle Design Center