BAR’s conceptual designs for a multifamily community in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle, WA, proposes 244 market rate apartments, including one- and two-bedroom flats and two bedroom townhouse style apartments. An active street facade on 32nd Avenue shows unit entries at each street-facing apartment, balconies at upper levels, and multiple entry points into the site interior. The shape of the townhouses progressing down 32nd Avenue compliments the neighborhood pattern with residential entries at the street, and raised patios, striking an appropriate balance between private space and neighborly appearance.
The site’s center is surrounded on all sides by ground level patios and apartment entries, contributing to a lively social atmosphere and providing a human scale to the apartment buildings. The central portion of the site is scaled into small, intimate gathering areas for eating, outdoor cooking, Bocce Ball, and relaxing by an outdoor fire. A roof terrance provides additional amenity use for residents with a BBQ and cooking area, seating, a fire pit, planters for vegetable gardening, and an assembly area for watching projected movies.
A rain garden collects storm water in a landscaped basin surrounding the center building. Raised patios project out and over the rain garden, giving the building a floating appearance. Parking areas are limited to the perimiter of the site, and parking garages are tucked under buildings and into the topography, making the imperceptible from the street. The largest outdoor parking area is thoughtfully landscaped as a grove of colorful Aspens to diminish the automobile’s presence.