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Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design

  • Architects: Workshop Architecture|Design
  • Location: Seattle, WA, USA
  • Architects: Workshop Architecture|Design
  • Principal In Charge: Steve Bull, AIA, LEED
  • Project Team: Dan Rusler, James Steel
  • Interior Design: LairDesign
  • Structural Engineering: HSV Engineers
  • General Contractor: Lair LLC
  • Area: 3750.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

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From the architect. Site

A 40’ X 100’ inner-city lot that slopes eight feet from west to east. The property has views of downtown Seattle across a park that lies both to the east and north. To allow each dwelling to inhabit a specific portion of the site, the sloping topography was reshaped into two distinct levels.

site & lower level plans
site & lower level plans

Design

The design was informed by four primary considerations:

Economy of space within strict land use limitations

Variations in individual dwelling program and configuration

Direct access to landscape and exterior space

Exploration of the exterior cladding screen

Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design
Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

Design & Performance

Organization

Within a primary box-like form the design team responded to budget and strict land use limitations on building height and lot coverage to configure three separate dwellings that each provides direct and visual access to landscape and exterior space. The organization of the dwellings are free to rotate or flip as each flat responds directly to different program requirements and varying visual and physical landscape connections available at each level of the structure.

structure axo
structure axo

Structure

Instead of constructing apartment flats based on an organizational typology reliant on a series of stacked bearing walls, an internal structural steel frame is used to provide interior bearing. The frame is secondary to the spatial organization and connections of each dwelling and is therefore concealed within the non-load bearing walls.

unit configuration & landscape connections
unit configuration & landscape connections

Aperture

Through operations of subtraction, larger scale spatial relationships are made between interior and exterior spaces. These operations create both apertures, openings that provide daylight and visual connections between inside and out, and porches, or habitable covered exterior space. Derived through both activity and environmental criteria, these apertures and porches are used to control sunlight and rain while filling the spaces with daylight. 

Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design
Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

A broad horizontal array of windows connects the upper dwelling's main living space to the sky and distant view. A private interior light-well brings daylight and a private landscape into the master bathroom. Entry porches, similar to the historical fabric of neighborhood, both buffer and connect the adjacent park to the open living spaces.

Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design
Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

Cladding

A horizontal 1x4 exterior cladding rain-screen wraps the projects. Variations of the screen are used to preserve the initial figure and simplicity of the rectangular box.

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