Ellie Passivhaus

320 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Architect: Balance Architects

Ellie Passivhaus is a 66 unit urban infill apartment project located in the heart of lower Queen Anne, one block from Key Arena ($600M planned renovation). The project is a Passive House design which is considered a higher standard of building than LEED. Using highly insulated design principals that makes the building envelope air tight, the building is able to maintain consistent thermal comfort year-round with the assistance of a heat exchange ventilation system and high-performance windows. This design lowers total energy consumption up to 80-90% and provides a healthier quality of life to the residents through consistently fresh air. The Ellie Passivhaus project was 35% above the Priority Green requirement for Seattle’s permit process and it nearly meets the threshold for being entirely ‘Net-Zero Energy’. This reduces the cost of electricity for the building up to 50%.

This project is in one of Seattle’s most desirable neighborhoods near the base of the newly revamped Space Needle ($100M Renovation). In addition to the Space Needle, the site is walking distance to many of Seattle’s most well-known landmarks, including the Seattle Center, Museum of Pop Culture, Chihuly Garden, and over a dozen nearby parks. Beyond neighboring some of Seattle’s most popular attractions, this site is surrounded by Queen Anne, Belltown, and South Lake Union, which are often described as three of the top residential neighborhoods in the entire Puget Sound.

Getting around Queen Anne is a breeze with all the staples right outside your doorstep. Public transportation, usually a lowlight in someone’s day, is quick and simple. The Rapid Ride ‘D Line’ connects the CBD to Queen Anne, then continues along 15th Avenue W to Ballard, and the 2 and 13 routes will give you a lift up daunting Queen Anne Hill. In the not too distant future, the Link Lightrail will open a stop at the Seattle Center & Denny Way.

Ellie Passivhaus wins coveted Gold Nugget Grand Award “Best Design for Energy Efficiency 2022”

Sound West Group would like to thank our team; Cascade Built, Balance Architects, NK Architects, Karen Kiest Landscape Design, Pace Engineers, A3 Associates and John Gussman Photography.

Ellie is featured on page 74 of the Gold Nugget Winners Book 2022.

Gold Nugget Winners Book 2022

Judges for the 2022 Gold Nugget Awards have named Ellie Passivhaus as a Grand Award winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. Sound West Group earned its Grand Award for Ellie Passivhaus which was honored for Best Design for Energy Efficiency.

“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers”, said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish. “We applaud them all”.

Now in it’s 59th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.

Gold Nugget Awards-Recognizing those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.