No. 512 . 30 March 2011 
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AIA Housing Awards: Multifamily

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The condominium building at 1111 East Pike Street in Seattle offers a lively contribution to an urban environment. Located in a dense, walkable, transit-served neighborhood that was formerly Seattle's "auto row," the six-story building features panelized siding in four colors inspired by classic cars of the 1950s. With condo owners given a choice of color for the unit exteriors, those four colors combine to form a variegated patchwork.

The building was honored by the American Institute of Architects in its 2011 AIA Housing Awards. The ten multifamily and special housing projects recognized with awards range from a converted 19th-century jail in Salem, Massachusetts, to a new transitional housing campus in San Antonio, Texas. ArchitectureWeek will also publish the eight single-family homes that received 2011 AIA housing awards.

Urban Color in Seattle

The 1111 East Pike building is located in Seattle's Pike/Pine Corridor, within walking distance of a grocery store, park, shops, and restaurants. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the building places 27 residential units above a ground-level retail space — occupied by a boutique cupcake shop — and two levels of underground parking.

The owner and developer, Anne Michelson, is a longtime resident of the neighborhood who sought to provide housing for people working nearby, with goals of both economic and cultural sustainability. The 39,100-square-foot (3,630-square-meter) building contains primarily "open one-bedroom" units ranging in size from roughly 600 to 800 square feet (55 to 75 square meters), and priced starting just below $240,000.

A clever, custom-designed "puzzle door" makes these compact units more adaptable. The large sliding wall panel, shaped like a wide upside-down L, modulates separation between the bedroom, kitchen, and living areas.   >>>

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