Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Astro Apartments

Located adjacent to Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World’s Fair and inspired by this Googie architecture, Astro Apartments’ design embraces the space-age futurism aesthetic. Mid-century concepts guided design decisions at every scale, including the overall building form, cantilevering cornices, butterfly roof at the penthouse, façade modulation, signage and furnishings. The façade treatment instills a dynamic pattern of window openings, stepped storefront mullions, and sculptural precast concrete columns. The lighting and signage detail affirms the signature styling as well. An S-shaped form expresses movement with a planar shift that divides the long facades into smaller, asymmetrical pieces with recessed courtyards


Astro named "Project of the Week"
05.02.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Astro Apartments is a mixed-use development at 315 First Ave. N., west of Seattle Center in the Uptown neighborhood.


Client: SRM Development, LLC
Status: Completed 2014
Total sf: 259,632
Residential sf: 145,784
Commerical sf: 11,270
Residential Units: 212