AIA Housing Awards: Multifamily
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.
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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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Located in Seattle, Washington, and designed by Olson Kundig Architects, 1111 East Pike Street was one of ten multifamily and special housing projects recognized in the 2011 AIA Housing Awards, which also honored eight single-family homes.
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Typical floor plan (left) and roof-terrace floor plan (right) of 1111 East Pike, a seven-story mixed-use condominium building.
Image: Olson Kundig Architects
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