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New Residential & Mixed-Use Buildings

Apartments & Mixed-Use

Building community and livable neighborhoods with new mid-rise multifamily housing and mixed-use developments.

The development of a new, large multifamily residential or mixed-use project makes a big impact on any neighborhood. Our goal is to ensure it’s a positive one. With in-house architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture teams, we approach projects through a holistic, multidisciplinary lens.

We design buildings that are beautifully integrated into their surroundings, support dynamic and engaging street-level experiences, and create units and common spaces attractive to tenants. Our project teams have decades of combined experience bringing multifamily developments to fruition, particularly in the Seattle market where a nuanced understanding of the complexities of the development process can make or break a project.

With transparent communication and project management, paired with a passion for designing great buildings and spaces, we look forward to working with you on a project you’ll be proud to showcase in your portfolio.

A view of the full building (Lucille on Roosevelt) from the opposite corner of the street. – New Apartment Building by Board & Vellum
Roosevelt’s New Corner

Rising six stories, the Lucille helps shape the street along the Roosevelt business corridor. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Roosevelt’s New Corner

Rising six stories, the Lucille helps shape the street along the Roosevelt business corridor. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Harrison South: New Apartments in Capitol Hill – Board & Vellum Multifamily Architecture
Harrison South Apartments

Harrison South Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Harrison South Apartments

Harrison South Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

1405 Dexter – Apartments in South Lake Union – Board & Vellum
A Dynamic Street-Level Experience

With generous storefront windows along street-level units and a highly-transparent lobby entry, the ground level interior spaces readily connect to the pedestrian-friendly exterior spaces.1405 Dexter | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

A Dynamic Street-Level Experience

With generous storefront windows along street-level units and a highly-transparent lobby entry, the ground level interior spaces readily connect to the pedestrian-friendly exterior spaces.1405 Dexter | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

Stream Dexios Apartments – Apartments in Westlake
Stream Dexios Apartments

Stream Dexios Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Stream Dexios Apartments

Stream Dexios Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Green Lake Urban Infill – Street Front Rendering from of Green Lake Apartments on Ravenna Boulevard
Green Lake Urban Infill

Green Lake Urban Infill | Rendering of proposed project.

Green Lake Urban Infill

Green Lake Urban Infill | Rendering of proposed project.

Stunning multifamily buildings are an exercise in balance.

Whether the unit mix features apartments, live-work units, condos, commercial spaces, perhaps an owner’s unit… a multifamily building is composed of many competing interests fitting together as a cohesive whole. On top of that, the interests of the developer must be met, as well as jurisdictional regulations, not to mention the concerns of the neighborhood’s residents.

Resolving the conflicts of these competing interests, and doing so in a way that produces a beautiful building inside and out, requires a nuanced balance we are dedicated to achieving. Our holistic, integrated design approach makes this second nature for us: the influence and expertise of multiple design disciplines creates opportunities for complex, beautifully-detailed spaces serving multi-dimensional purposes. When it’s more than just a lobby, but an engaging, pedestrian-centric street-level experience; or more than just a rooftop amenity space, but also a garden creating habitat for birds and insects — these are design choices that contribute positively to neighborhoods.

New buildings can not only provide housing to support diverse communities with varying needs and lifestyles, but can support the urban fabric in their own right, a worthwhile investment for a long-lasting addition to a neighborhood.

The lobby passageway at the Lucille on Roosevelt: view towards the linear fireplace. – Multifamily Amenities
Fire Flickering With Stars Above

Though presented in the squared-off shapes and forms of the city, the flicker of flames from the linear fireplace accented by a star-like custom light installation, evokes the feel of sitting by a fire in the woods with the night sky twinkling above. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Fire Flickering With Stars Above

Though presented in the squared-off shapes and forms of the city, the flicker of flames from the linear fireplace accented by a star-like custom light installation, evokes the feel of sitting by a fire in the woods with the night sky twinkling above. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

View of the clubroom amenity space at the Lucille on Roosevelt, peeking over the stair toward the communal dining table. – Multifamily Club Room
Double-Height Club Room

With its double-height space, not only does the club room have direct roof access, but it is flooded with natural light from four sides. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Double-Height Club Room

With its double-height space, not only does the club room have direct roof access, but it is flooded with natural light from four sides. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Harrison South: New Apartments in Capitol Hill – Board & Vellum
Harrison South Apartments

Harrison South Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Harrison South Apartments

Harrison South Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Harrison South: New Apartments in Capitol Hill – Board & Vellum
Harrison South Apartments

Harrison South Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Harrison South Apartments

Harrison South Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Stream Dexios Apartments – Apartments in Westlake
Stream Dexios Apartments

Stream Dexios Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Stream Dexios Apartments

Stream Dexios Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Stream Dexios Apartments – Multifamily Development in Westlake
Stream Dexios Apartments

Stream Dexios Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Stream Dexios Apartments

Stream Dexios Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Interior design for the staging of a model unit in an apartment building, the Lucille on Roosevelt.
Built-In Bookshelves & Maximizing Storage

The window layout created the opportunity for a full-height, built-in bookshelf at the end of the run of kitchen cabinets. Rather than adding a soffit above, ducting is hidden in the upper cabinets, while still allowing for full-height storage with a shallow space for spices. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Built-In Bookshelves & Maximizing Storage

The window layout created the opportunity for a full-height, built-in bookshelf at the end of the run of kitchen cabinets. Rather than adding a soffit above, ducting is hidden in the upper cabinets, while still allowing for full-height storage with a shallow space for spices. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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Lucille Model Unit

Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Lucille Model Unit

Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

The penthouse of the club room amenity space as viewed from the rooftop garden at the Lucille on Roosevelt. – Board & Vellum
Club Room Penthouse

Just below the rooftop level, the club room amenity space is flooded with light from its penthouse, offering direct access to the rooftop via a statement staircase. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Club Room Penthouse

Just below the rooftop level, the club room amenity space is flooded with light from its penthouse, offering direct access to the rooftop via a statement staircase. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A glamping tent is nestled among beautiful rooftop gardens at the Lucille on Roosevelt.
Glamping on the Rooftop

A “glamping” tent offers shelter from rain or shine. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Glamping on the Rooftop

A “glamping” tent offers shelter from rain or shine. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

The value of integrated in-house design teams.

Large projects require architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design; we offer all three.

Whether working with discrete or integrated teams, the design and development of new mid-rise apartment and mixed-use buildings is a team effort: architects, landscape architects, interior designers — not to mention structural engineers, civil engineers, and a portfolio of specialized consultants.

Creative, cross-disciplinary teams produce dynamic, beautiful, cohesive projects. From individual units to common areas and residential amenities, seamless integration of indoor and outdoor spaces brings outsized value to a building — it’s what creates spaces that feel like home.

Board & Vellum offers services in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design. We also have teams specializing in commercial spaces, which can be a boon to mixed-use projects, creating the opportunity for an already-mobilized construction team to build out commercial TIs for leased commercial units.

When we work as an integrated in-house design team, our collaborative culture produces not only efficiencies in process and project management, but deeply integrated, comprehensive design solutions.

When our teams work independently, partnered with other architects, landscape architects, or interior designers, our extensive experience collaborating with other disciplines makes us valuable and supportive design partners. However your project team is composed, we look forward to engaging with you to bring your multifamily development to life.

Here are some highlights from our portfolio of apartments & mixed-use projects.

No matter the type or size of project, we design buildings and spaces to please residents, owners, developers, and the larger community.

Lucille on Roosevelt: New Apartment Development in Seattle
New Construction for a Mixed-Use Building

Lucille on Roosevelt

This multifamily development features 106 apartments and ample street-level commercial space, all with quick access to the future Roosevelt light rail station.

Stream Dexios Apartments – Apartments in Westlake
New 80-Unit Mixed-Use Apartment Building

Stream Dexios Apartments

New construction for a 6-story + mezzanine mixed-use building with one story of below-grade parking and sweeping views from the rooftop.

1405 Dexter – Apartments in South Lake Union – Board & Vellum
On The Boards
Multifamily Housing in South Lake Union

1405 Dexter

An efficient, yet distinctive design, this new apartment building responds to its transit-oriented location without blending in with the crowd.

318 Lofts Passive House Apartments – Board & Vellum
On The Boards
Passive House Multifamily Housing

318 Lofts Passive House Apartments

New construction for a modern building ensuring long-term sustainability, durability, and affordability via Passive House principles.

Harrison South: New Apartments in Capitol Hill – Board & Vellum
New Apartments with an Owner’s Unit

Harrison South Apartments

This new apartment building is contextually traditional, respecting the fabric of the neighborhood, with a modern intervention.

Green Lake Urban Infill – Street Front Rendering from of Green Lake Apartments on Ravenna Boulevard
Proposed Apartments with Café Space Below

Green Lake Urban Infill

Two blocks from Green Lake, overlooking scenic Ravenna Boulevard, this apartment building with ground-floor retail space is a highly desirable urban location.

Or, perhaps you would enjoy a couple of helpful blog posts.

Our blog isn’t written for other architects and designers. It’s designed to be a helpful, approachable resource for you.

Why Lobbies in Multifamily Buildings Are Worth It – Board & Vellum

Why Lobbies in Multifamily Buildings Are Worth It

Lobbies in multifamily buildings like apartments and condos are worth the investment — these shared spaces offer a moment of pause and community engagement.

Amenity spaces in multifamily buildings (like this rooftop lounge) are key to attracting renters.

Why Amenity Spaces in Multifamily Buildings Are Worth It

In a competitive market, without well-designed common spaces, your whole building may end up an afterthought to a potential renter. Invest in the design of amenity spaces to attract happy renters.

Spending design time and money on corridors in multifamily buildings is worth it.

Why Corridors in Multifamily Buildings Are Worth It

Corridors in multifamily buildings are often overlooked, considered areas to pinch the budget, but here’s why that’s the wrong idea and it’s actually worth it to invest in corridor design.

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