As a first of its kind building in Seattle, Solis is designed to use 54% less energy than the national median multifamily building and is the largest Passive House certified multifamily project in Washington State.
8,960 SF Site
3,528 SF Retail
45 Residential Units
Type IA Concrete + Type VA Wood Construction
2021 PHIUS Passive Projects Competition Awards
Best Overall Project
Best Multifamily Project
2021 Gold Nugget Awards
Grand Award: Best Design for Energy Efficiency
2021 NAIOPWA Night of the Stars
Multifamily Development of the Year: Fewer than 100 Units
Photography: meghan montgomery, WEBER THOMPSON, SolTerra, sonder
The largest multifamily Passive House project in Washington State, Solis is one of the healthiest buildings on the market. It achieves dramatic reductions in energy use, 50% less than the US multi-family median, and boasts exceptional indoor air quality with continuously-filtered fresh air for each unit. Using simple design strategies and conventional materials in innovative ways these feats were accomplished for a mere 5% construction cost premium.
Connecting through art
Solis is located in the Pike/Pine corridor of Capitol Hill, a dense urban neighborhood in Seattle known for its arts culture, restaurants, nightlife, and LGBTQ+ community. A driving factor in design was connecting the architecture to the culture and identity of the neighborhood. A vibrant mural on the party wall titled ‘Amaterasu’, the Japanese sun goddess, grounds the building in the neighborhood’s flourishing art scene.
A thoughtful experience
A striking, patterned screen “jewelbox” completes the feature corner of the block with a boutique restaurant, while creating a one-of-a kind residential entry gate.
The commercial spaces welcome pedestrian street traffic with tall wood storefront windows and daylit interiors. Retail canopies with integrated solar panels offer weather protection and dappled sidewalk shade, while hinting at the building’s energy-conscious design.
A healthy urban home
Above the ground floor, there are five stories containing 45 apartment units with a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. There is one level of below grade parking.
An expansive roof deck provides a resident gathering space around an 80-year-old Japanese maple and offers panoramic views of the Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier.
The residential levels are certified by Passive House Institute US (or PHIUS) under the PHIUS+ 2015 requirements.
Solis Interior Design
While Solis’ energy-saving measures are good for the planet, it distinguishes itself in the marketplace by providing residents with a luxury eco-living experience unlike any other with a focus on physical wellness and connection to nature.
Light, bright + quiet
In the units, tall ceilings and gracious, European-style windows flood the spaces with natural light and contain large operable panes for outside air. Triple-pane glazing creates an exceptionally quiet interior away from the bustle of the outside urban environment. Healthy finish materials were selected to meet the EPA’s Airplus standard, and matte surfaces are used to reduce glare in kitchens. Thanks also to the energy efficient systems, residents pay significantly less in heating and cooling bills.
The healthiest building on the market
Solis prioritizes resident health and wellbeing above all else. Natural and living materials and incredible daylighting are a result of an adherence to biophilic design principles. Amenity spaces are designed with a simple, modern aesthetic, and pops of living wall and wood surfaces calm the senses.
Solis Landscape Architecture
Lush landscaping, natural materials, indoor/outdoor spaces and thoughtful details make Solis the pinnacle of eco-luxury living.
Lush landscaping and a ‘jewelbox’
A primary energy reduction strategy at Solis was locating circulation and amenity components to the exterior of the building. This design move created strong connections between the street level, lobby, and rooftop terrace – and brought lush landscaping into the lobby and retail entries. The design incorporates an enclosed courtyard “jewelbox” that serves the retail tenant at the corner, another unexpected detail that creates a unique experience in an eclectic urban neighborhood.
From forest to meadow
Ascending the architectural circulation stair, grounded in ferns and plants found in a forest floor, to the rooftop amenity garden, and the concept of “forest to meadow” becomes even stronger. The rooftop was designed in concert with the client – who in addition to deep green development projects – also makes solar panels, green walls and greenroofs. The vibe is more ‘lush meadow’ than ‘urban roofdeck’, a true oasis in the middle of the city. Additionally, private balconies and terraces provide outdoor access to tenants and contain lushly planted stormwater filtration planters that reduce urban runoff and support pollinator habitats.
Thanks to ambitious project goals from the outset, Solis is now Washington State’s largest Passive House certified building.
It delivers dramatic reductions in energy use and exceptionally comfortable and healthy spaces within the cost range of market-rate multifamily construction – a mere 5% cost premium. It uses 50% less energy than the US multifamily median, has an 88% lower air leakage rate than standard construction, and achieves a perfect EnergyStar 100. Solis is truly a model for what all new commercial buildings can achieve.
Solis in the News
Meet the 2021 Passive Design Competition Winners
Green Building & Design Magazine
November 8, 2021
No, Passive House doesn’t have to cost more
October 20, 2021
Solis certified as Seattle’s largest Passive House project, wins design accolades
October 18, 2021
Massive mural is a nod to Passive House design for East Pike apartment building
Daily Journal of Commerce
May 27, 2021
Project of the week: Solis
Daily Journal of Commerce
July 13, 2020
Super green Pike/Pine development unveils giant ‘Amaterasu’ mural, change from condo plans
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
October 29, 2019
Modifications to Washington’s condo law could give production a shot in the arm
January 9, 2019
These new Capitol Hill condos will be so green you could heat them with candles
Daily Journal of Commerce
October 25, 2018
New condos break ground in the Pike/Pine corridor on Capitol Hill
The Seattle Times
September 27, 2018
SolTerra Development breaks ground on 45-unit Solis condominiums
September 25, 2018
Rare Capitol Hill project: First ultra luxury and super green condominiums in nearly one decade
August 14, 2018