2011 Recipient | AIA Housing Awards

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1111 E. Pike | Notes of Interest

Seattle’s Pike/Pine Corridor is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The owner and developer of this project, a long time resident of the neighborhood, prized the area's uniqueness.

Seeking to support the economic and social diversity of the neighborhood, she wanted to fill the disappearing stock of affordable housing. The program is multi-use: ground level retail, twenty-seven units between 623 and 1137square feet, a rooftop garden, and two levels underground parking.

The design response was to look to the history of the site and the neighborhood-- Seattle's "auto row." This typology is captured in 1111 E. Pike’s tall, wide windows and high ceilings, the use of steel at the entrance, and its exterior of panelized siding (with a palette inspired by classic car colors from the 1950's!). Simple materials and straightforward construction kept costs low. Additionally, the owner is covering the first three years of condo fees for people working as teachers, social workers, and medical workers.

Much like selecting your own car color, owners were able to choose the exterior color of their unit, resulting in a mix-and-match aesthetic that enlivens the neighborhood. Inside each unit, a custom-designed Puzzle Door allows each owner to adapt their space as needed. 1111 E. Pike meets LEED requirements for Development Density, Site Selection, Alternate Transportation, and Storm-water Management.

Additional Credits

  • Contractor: Charter Construction
  • Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Structural Engineer: PCS-Structural Solutions
  • Photo Credit: © Olson Kundig Architects; © Francis Zera

1111 E. Pike

Jury Comments

Uplifting- its everchanging face is arguably its best delight!

I love the flexibility of exterior spaces- owners can personalize their own unit to create their own identities by changing exterior color.

The architect and developer allowed the future owners to personalize their unit by choosing their own exterior color-- one of the classic car colors-- which gives the project richness and a joyful appearance.

2011 AIA Housing Awards Jury

  • Katherine Austin, AIA, Chair
  • Katherine Austin Architect
  • Sebastopol, Calif.
  • Claire Conroy
  • Residential Architecture Magazine
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Mike Jackson, FAIA
  • Historical Preservation Agency
  • State of Illinois
  • Springfield, Ill.
  • Luis Jauregui, AIA
  • Jaurequi, Inc.
  • Austin, Tex.
  • Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA
  • Florida International University Miami
  • Coconut Grove, Fla.

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