Massive mural is a nod to Passive House design for East Pike apartment building | Daily Journal of Commerce

The content for this article was originally featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce on May 27, 2021.

  • The goal for the 45-unit building is a 70% reduction in energy use.

The 75-foot mural on the side of the Solis, a new apartment development in the Pike-Pine corridor, tells onlookers that they have arrived at the “center of the universe.”

The mural, by artist FinDAC, symbolizes the sun and its role in the Passive House-designed development.

“The girl in our mural represents the sun and is holding a string of lights that represent the stars in the sky,” said Danya Feltzin, vice president of asset management with SolTerra, which developed Solis. “The tattoos on her wrist represent the planets in our solar system, so the whole concept is built around the idea that she is the center of the universe.”

Located at 1300 E. Pike St., the 45-unit development, designed by Weber Thompson, reaches for the sky when it comes to sustainable design. “Solis is one of the most energy efficient buildings on the West Coast and is a certified Passive House,” Feltzin said.

The building was completed last summer and the general contractor was Cascade Built. Feltzin said the structure has a goal of achieving a 70% reduction in energy use in its heating and cooling needs.


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