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1111 E. Pike

Seattle, Washington

1111 E. Pike

Seattle, Washington

  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig

  • Principal

    Kirsten Ring Murray

1111 E. Pike brings architectural diversity to the Pike/Pine neighborhood by serving as a modern counterpoint to nearby remodeled historic structures. The site’s long history as part of Seattle’s auto row is captured in the building’s tall, wide windows and high ceilings, the use of steel, and an exterior of panelized siding with a palette inspired by classic car colors from the 1950s. It was designed so that owners could choose the exterior color of their unit from a pre-selected set, much like selecting your own car color, resulting in a mix-and-match aesthetic.

The owner and developer of this project, a longtime resident of the neighborhood, wanted to support the economic and social diversity of the neighborhood by providing affordable housing. The result is a 38,179-square-foot multi-use building: ground level retail, 27 affordable condominium units on five residential floors, a rooftop garden and two levels of underground parking. Simple materials and straightforward construction kept costs low, enabling people who work in the community to live there as well.

Inside each unit, a custom-designed puzzle door allows owners to adapt their space as needed. 1111 E. Pike meets LEED® requirements for development density, site selection, alternate transportation, and stormwater Management.




AIA National Housing Awards, AIA National Housing Award

AIA Seattle and Seattle DJC, Project of the Month: February



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