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Asian Counseling and Referral Service

ACRS is a non-profit organization that provides a wide array of human services and behavioral health programs to Asian Pacific American communities. The landscape design supports the organization’s mission by providing a therapeutic environment for clients, visitors and staff. Arriving to the site one is immediately welcomed with passage over a functional interpretation of a wooden foot bridge.  Once over the bridge, the visitor is screened from traffic on the adjacent Martin Luther King Jr Way with lush plantings and afforded a sense of privacy and serenity. A covered entryway and gurgling water feature invite one inside the colorful building.  For those seeking a quiet refuge, a meditation garden alongside the building offers a shady grove with seating and delicate plantings.

The ACRS building is located on the west side of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South just north of S. Charleston Street.  This property, built into the hillside of Beacon Hill. is adjacent to the Cheasty Boulevard corridor connecting Mount Baker Blvd and Beacon Avenue, all part of the Frederick Law Olmsted master park plan for Seattle.

Location: Seattle, Washington

Client: Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Architect: DKA