The Anthology development strives to create a sense of arrival, both to community entering from Newport Way NW and as a welcoming beacon for travelers entering the City of Issaquah from I-90. This particular site presented the development and design teams with a unique challenge – providing much needed family-friendly housing in the growing Issaquah market while committing to the preservation of lush public park- and wetlands. As a continuation of downtown Issaquah’s steady development westwards, the Anthology apartments seamlessly integrate into their ecological surroundings while meeting these demands.
Site layout was organized along modes of circulation that prioritize pedestrians, creating a sense of place and identity while employing sustainable design principles where possible.
Building design was inspired by brightly colored Scandinavian villages with steeply pitched roofs and traditional building materials. The restrained color palette throughout the project adds elements of continuity and distinction to the project while inherently building a sense of wayfinding. The simple language of the building design stems from the agricultural vernacular in the area. By implementing simple forms, straightforward materials and pitched roofs it acts as a nod to the site’s previous history as farm country.