This 65-acre site was re-platted with a new street grid to provide 1010 new, mixed-income housing units, eight new parks, and new community facilities for adults and children. Designs for the homes’ private yards and for the neighborhood’s open spaces responded to resident concerns for defensible space while also maintaining and encouraging connections to the surrounding neighborhood and environment. By dedicating open space areas, modifying roadway and sidewalk alignments, and introducing alternative construction methods and materials, the Rainier Vista design team saved more than 100 mature trees on the site.
Location: Seattle, Washington
Client: Seattle Housing Authority
Architect: Tonkin Architecture
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine Best Places to Live in Seattle, 2007