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Remington Court / HyBrid Architecture

  • 01:00 - 30 October, 2009
Remington Court / HyBrid Architecture
Remington Court / HyBrid Architecture, © Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

© Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer © Lara Swimmer +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, WA, United States
  • Architects

    HyBrid Architecture
  • Project Team

    Robert Humble, Nicholas Williams, Jonathon Lemons, Barrett Eastwood, Joel Egan, Melissa Burchett
  • Structural Engineer

    Davido Consulting
  • Civil Engineer

    Davido Consulting
  • Builder/General Contractor

    HyBrid Assembly
  • Custom Carpentry

    Sugar Hill
  • Photographs

From the architect. HyBrid Architecture + Assembly acted as architect, developer, and construction manager to empower their decisions from inception to the built form. To break down the massing of the two buildings to address the small scale of the adjacent neighborhood, the two structures were sited to allow southern solar access and view corridors to all four units. HyBrid chose to respect the small single-family homes neighboring the property by creating a detached single family home at the rear alley.

© Nick Williams
© Nick Williams

This house has similar characteristics including a horizontal paulownia open-joint rainscreen enclosure assembly which mimmicks the lap-siding of the existing homes in the neighborhood. The three units facing the street reach out to pedestrians akin to the rowhome developments that were prevalent in larger cities. The front stoops reach to the ground inviting neighbor interaction, while the penthouse stair towers reach to the sky, engaging the Seattle skyline in the near distance.

© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

A building should be designed to be adaptable for the many generations that will enjoy it. In 100-years the building will likely have a completely different use as the city and zoning change. Because of this, HyBrid chose to allow the building to adapt over time. The bottom floor has rough-in plumbing for a future kitchen, its own entrance, a 3/4 bathroom, and is designed with a demountable wall to be built-out to completely separate it from the 2 floors above. This simple design technique allows the building to double its occupancy if necessary. The roof gardens are equipped with 9" of soil to allow for gardening by the inhabitants.

© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer
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thincredible · September 02, 2010

great work

many thanks to Ted Smith and the rest of the [woodbury] san diego clan for showing the way

inavars · November 24, 2009

i wouldnt want to climb up and down three floors all day long

arquipablo · November 13, 2009

Very good project....

I think the idea of vertical housing is very common all over the world, only really matters the final results...Pretty place to live, congratulations!

Halima Rashid · November 23, 2009 12:04 AM

I agree with u arquipablo...

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Matt · November 10, 2009

The idea that timelessness should be the goal of architecture (as so many formal histories of architecture would have us believe) seems a bit strange to me. Architecture is a deeply transactional profession: buildings are meant to interact with their inhabitants and to change over time. So whenever an architect talks about trying to make "timeless" works of architecture, I'm skeptical. No piece of architecture is timeless: even the Parthenon and Pantheon are now just tourist sites, with certain analogues to a town like Las Vegas or a building like the Guggenheim Bilbao. So is that our goal with "timeless" architecture: to make a new tourist site?

I don't deny that the project has some interesting details and pushes the envelope of Seattle's fairly conservative architectural standards. It does so (relatively) affordably. I just find it interesting that, by the metric of other global works of architecture on this website, much of the American work appears conservative and not really that innovative--in terms of its programming, its form, or its financial structure. But maybe that's where American architecture is today: beholden to a rigid developers' idea of what makes good architecture. Yes, Hybrid were lucky that they didn't have to make developer townhomes. But my argument is that these are in some ways merely an IKEA-ized version of the typical developer townhome.

This also isn't about my work, CW. A building becomes a part of public discourse and will be commented on and criticized. Criticism is a valuable (indeed, essential) part of making architecture. It's a weak kind of schoolyard argument to say, whenever one of your projects is criticized, "well, fine, let's see YOUR work, then." As if judging my work will make the original project any better, or less immune to criticism.

Nick Williams · November 03, 2009

I was the project manager/superintendent of this project and I will tell you that we were not trying to be innovative....rather we were designing for the masses and attempting to create a building that could adapt over time to the needs of the neighborhood. It can easily morph to be 6 units and can allow for the homeowners to generate some additional income to supplement their mortgage with the mother-in-law units at the ground. This is the reason for the elevated entries and stoops. Unfortunately it is not ADA "friendly" but it is not a commercial office building.

Buildings don't have to be innovative to be timeless and you would be surprised to find out that these were market rate homes, sold for about $300/sf...which is unheard of in downtown Seattle.

YourMOMslover · November 10, 2009 03:50 AM

thanks for responding to all these idiots...keep building man...

wally · November 02, 2009

demasiado parecido al proyecto elemental de alejandro aravena, solo que este proyecto es para gente con una capacidad adquisitiva mayor!

orla · November 02, 2009

i agree, just adding hot money instead

qaA · November 02, 2009

first look:
"elemental chile, social housing in Iquique"

z99 · November 01, 2009

Innovative or not, this project works really well. It appears comfortable to live in, timeless, and is not an eye soar from the street. It fits well with the context...

DesignGraph · November 01, 2009
thomas foral · October 31, 2009

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Rupesh Jamkhindikar · October 31, 2009

Ace stuff.....

cad · October 30, 2009

Good exercise moving through the unit. Spaces are tight. Ikea modern cookie cutter.

Mike · October 30, 2009

Is the intention of every home to be progressively modern?

The idea just made me throw up a little bit. It is almost as if you are channeling Libeskind and condemning the rest of us for not subscribing to your personal aesthetics.

Granted I could not agree more that the building is not innovative.

What is the homes function and purpose? From actually reading the article, it says, “HyBrid chose to respect the small single-family homes neighboring the property by creating a detached single family home at the rear alley.”.

Matt · November 10, 2009 08:27 PM

No, and I never said that it was the intention of every home to be modern. But this site is about modern (contemporary) architecture. So you would assume that works posted here would be progressive in some way.

Libeskind is hardly what I would think of as a progressive modern. His buildings are formal exercises that really don't innovate beyond the level of geometry. Other architects out there are innovating in terms of programming, financial models, social engagement, etc.

And I don't condemn anyone for not subscribing to my personal aesthetics. But buildings are a part of the public domain and, as such, are subject to criticism (mine, yours, other architects', the public's, etc.) Architecture only gets better through criticism, doesn't it?

Christian González · October 30, 2009

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Dan · October 30, 2009

I'd agree that this is both nice and still largely innovative for
most of what you see in developer housing. Somehow architects pushed all this modernism, and then decry its prevalence once it catches on. I appreciate trying to be at the head of the curve - but things aren't necessarily bad simply because they are no longer revolutionary. Seems like a great project!

arhitectura · October 30, 2009

Remington Court / HyBrid Architecture:
Architects: HyBrid Architecture Location: Seattle, WA, USA Project team..

Matt · October 30, 2009

I knew this was a Seattle project before I even looked at the written description. How? American modernist projects all sort of look the same, and there's a trend in the Pacific Northwest particularly of essentially cubic buildings with one volume clad in wood. Usually these are boring stacked townhomes that have the basic volume of a developer building.

It's a kind of conservative modernism that seems to repeat itself ad nauseum in the US. Why is that? So many of the examples shown on this site from Europe, Asia, or South America are really innovative. But almost all of the American examples fit this bland wooden box developer townhome model. The funny thing is that I think the architects are convinced that what they're doing is somehow innovative.

CW · November 09, 2009 09:24 PM

Matt please post some of your work. Thanks

ryan · October 30, 2009 06:48 PM

I couldn't agree more... but they did what they could with what ever developer hired them... i guess.


Myungjin · October 30, 2009

i like it quite much. neat lines!

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