Where northeast Bellevue meets Redmond, Washington, on a site with ready access to outdoor recreation and both cities’ downtowns, we transformed a low-rise commercial center into a high-density neighborhood we ourselves would love to live in. And we did this at a large scale, designing four separate midrise apartments, 618 luxury units in all, that manage to feel close-knit and deeply approachable.
Our design concept is all about drawing people in. Four bracket-shaped buildings cup inner courtyards like two pairs of hands, with a walking path meandering through the heart of the entire site. Enveloped by each pair of buildings, two cedar-and-brick amenity pavilions—one for wellness and leasing; the other, for meeting and lounging—pull visitors in from the beautifully landscaped roundabout at the quad’s center.
This sense of arrival, of intimate scales and communal, car-free outdoor rooms, are key elements that make Hyde Square far more than four apartment buildings. We turned a blank slate built around cars into a brand-new place made for people.