Text description provided by the architects. The design goal of Graham Baba Architects of Building 115 was to acknowledge the unique site requirements, provide a unique solution to housing in an urban core, and to have a close collaboration with the client, contractor, and architect. The resulting mixed-use building includes 1 retail space, 2 commercial offices, and 1 residential unit. Building 115 recently received a 2010 AIA Seattle Honor Commendation Award.
Fulfilling the client’s requirements of a mixed-use live/work space, Building 115 preserves the neighborhood center of Fremont while addressing the historical uses of the industrial buffer zone, current commercial activity of the arterial street, and future integration of housing into the urban fabric.
The building offers both retail and office spaces that engage the street through transparent and translucent facades. Site efficiency is achieved by maxing out the building footprint and building up with a 3-story structure. The building allows the client to live comfortably in a space tailored to his needs within an efficiently open plan of 800 sqf. Occupants have the option of various modes of transportation including walking/biking/boating/public bus routes. The project uses materials in a visually distinctive composition while adding to neighborhood identity.