Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

Nova Apartments

The newest West Seattle “Junction" Apartments

Nova occupies a site in the Fauntleroy Triangle neighborhood of West Seattle, a developing area near the West Seattle “Junction.” The Fauntleroy Triangle balances planned pedestrian and bicycle focused streets with vehicle traffic and residential buildings with light industrial use. Nova’s exterior mixes industrial materials with warm wood and large windows to create a modern and inviting living space. The apartments step back from the street, allowing for semi-private space between the living units and the public street space. The first level is set back and has higher ceilings than the upper levels, which creates a “floating box” feel to the higher floors while providing sun and weather protection to the ground floor. There is currently one live-work unit on the first level and the potential to create several  more with individual entries onto 36th Avenue SW. The street level is softened with extensive planting around the building. The generous roof deck and garden are accessed from a common room lit by a ceiling of tiny twinkling lights.


Nova is Harbor Properties' 3rd Transit-Oriented Development in the Area
12.13.2011: West Seattle Herald
Nova building to be in hub for Metro Transit's RapidRide C line.

Client: Harbor Properties 
Status: Completed 2012
Total sf: 60,459
Units: 62