Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use


Batik is a mixed-use project in Yesler Terrace, a 30-acre community near downtown Seattle. Developed 80 years ago as the city’s first racially integrated, publicly subsidized housing, Yesler Terrace is transforming into a denser mixed-income community for the next century. Stacked lumber expressions in the exterior cladding pay homage to Yesler Way’s timber history. A brick plinth anchors the upper mass, whose overall composition expands upon this dovetail approach. The program strives to encourage healthy community, healthy buildings and healthy residents. A multi-level community kitchen off the pedestrian plaza allows residents and neighbors to bond over meals.


Block 11 and Batik Receive Salmon-Safe Certification
12.14.16 The Registry: Block 11 in Seattle’s South Lake Union and the Batik apartments in Yesler Terrace are among the city’s first Salmon-Safe-certified projects.

Batik Apartments breaks ground
7.28.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Vulcan breaks ground on Batik apartments at Broadway & Yesler.

195 Apartments to be started this summer at Yesler Terrace
1.19.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Vulcan Real Estate is preparing to break ground this summer on a 195-unit apartment building at Yesler Terrace.

Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Under Construction
Total sf: 223,058 sf
Commerical sf: 2,412 sf
Units: 195
Targeting LEED Gold
Certification: Salmon-Safe