Currently under construction is this 5-story, 6-unit townhouse building in the downtown First Hill urban corridor of Seattle. Prior to construction, the site was used as a parking lot, fully surrounded by other mid to high rise buildings. The project program allows for sizable family living at an estimated 2,000 sq of living space per unit. At ground level, each unit provides a flex-room and a top-floor suite with a covered patio space for year round use. While parking is not required here due to the walkability and location, the design includes parking garages for six vehicles.
COR-TEN, a weathering steel, that gives off a red, rusty tone, specify unit entrances on the north side, while garage entrances line the alley entrance to the south. Adding to a natural surveillance and reducing perceived building mass, glass railings at buildings corners are used along with use of window glazing. Grounding the project, at pedestrian-level, a dark concrete block wraps the base and will be accented with greenery, assisting with a visual break between public and private walkways.