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High Point                                             

HOPE VI Redevelopment

The award-winning High Point redevelopment, a Seattle Housing Authority project in West Seattle, replaces World War II era public housing with a new mixed-income community of 1600 homes that has become a model for urban sustainable development and natural drainage systems.

Nakano Associates, as the primary landscape architect on a multidisciplinary team, participated in site analysis, master planning, open space and streetscape planning, landscape development standards, and tree preservation. Landscape design included low-allergen, sustainable landscape design for the extensive park system and for the public housing as part of the Healthy Homes Initiative.

Planning efforts resulted in a new street grid, pedestrian friendly sidewalks, a park and trail system of 21 acres, and streetside landscaping that integrates High Point with surrounding neighborhoods. A new medical clinic, library, neighborhood center with daycare and youth facilities, and retail shops add vitality to the neighborhood.

The open space system is comprised of a variety of usable spaces that include a central community commons park, a stormwater park surrounding a 1.2 acre pond, three half-acre neighborhood parks, several community gardens, and fifteen small pocket parks close to homes. Park amenities include active play areas, communal gathering spaces, quiet green spaces, plenty of seating, and flexible designs to encourage community-generated features and artwork within the parks. Themes of creative stormwater management, environmentally sensitive design, and encouragement of community interaction are integral to the design of all the park spaces.


Location: Seattle, Washington

Client: Seattle Housing Authority

Architect: Mithun

Civil Engineer: SvR Design Company


Best practices in affordable housing, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 2012

Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence , Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence — Americas, 2007

EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, 2007

AIA Housing Committee Award (Multifamily), 2007

PCBC Golden Nugget Award for Best Master Planned Community, 2007

National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Award: Multifamily Project of the Year, 2007

National Built Green Hammer Award, 2007

National Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Silver Medalist, 2007

Washington Excellence in Concrete Construction: Sustainable Merit Award, 2007

Puget Sound Regional Council: Vision 2020 Award, 2007

AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award: Community Informed Design Award, 2006

International Society of Arboriculturists: Green Leaf Award, 2006

Energy Star: Outstanding Achievement Award, 2006

AIA: Show You’re Green Award for Affordable Housing, 2006

BuiltGreen™: Certificate of Merit, 2006

Seattle BuiltGreen™ Design Competition: Communities Award, 2005

Washington Society of Landscape Architects: Landscape Planning Award, 2003

Pacific Coast Builders Conference: Gold Nugget Award, 2003

Seattle Design Commission: Master Plan Design Award, 2003