Nelson Condo

Location Seattle, Washington
Jim Olson Design Mentor
Dan Wilson Design Principal

Located on the northeast corner of the Merrill Place Building in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, this 1,400 square-foot condo emphasizes the historic elements of the 1905 building. In the renovation, design principal Dan Wilson, with design mentorship from Jim Olson, sought to expose and express the original brick masonry and heavy timber framing of the building. Modern interior details and finishes throughout play off the rustic, industrial quality of the space.

Retaining the original timber structural spine that runs the length of the condo, the renovation reorganized the space to create a more open, flexible plan. Relocating the previously enclosed kitchen to the northwest corner of the new plan moved the heart of the condo to a more accessible location with an abundance of natural light.

The new conjoined kitchen and dining area sits adjacent to the living area, which is delineated by a custom steel-clad fireplace. Stainless steel elements continue throughout the condo, along with custom pre-cast concrete sinks and countertops that complement the raw, historical character of the space.

A set of large custom sliding doors installed on the central timber structural beam further accentuate the original structure. These doors also allow for a more flexible use of space, creating privacy for the master bedroom and office/guest suite areas.

Throughout, custom cabinetry and hardware create a backdrop for the owner’s playful art collection and colorful furnishings, providing a contemporary contrast to the historic quality of this urban condo.



Design Mentor

Jim Olson

Design Principal

Dan Wilson

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