Located at the edge of several evolving districts, the team worked to create a setting for an authentic community. Via6 has begun the transformation of an area that once had little street life or pedestrian oriented uses to connect South Lake Union with the Retail Core. A vibrant mix of street-level uses, restaurants and leisure spaces are mixed seamlessly with residential amenities to frame a complete residential experience.
The two-tower development rises above a seven-story base with frontage along the full length of the block. A unique and now often sought-after characteristic of this particular development is its reimagining of the notion of a building lobby away from a grand, ceremonial and often vacant space and toward a vibrant extension of the surrounding streetscape. Street level uses include restaurants, a pub and a café, and urban grocer, flower shop, and a bicycle shop. These uses are permeable, and the interior “market street” blends with residential amenities. This blending of the public and private uses in the building help to create the sense of an authentic place, one with varied activities and an active social life.
At the lower rooftop between the two towers, a Pavilion offers resident a series of private indoor and outdoor communal spaces including a lounge, outdoor BBQ areas to foster connection and interaction with the surrounding environment. Ultimately Via 6 has served as a model for reimagining connection between public and private spaces at the street level and seamlessly weaving the building into its urban community.