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Housing First

Studio Professors:Robert Hutchison & James Steele
Site:Seattle, WA

Our goal was to develop a housing first residence for the homeless in Southeast Seattle. “At its foundation, the housing first strategy operates under the philosophy that safe, affordable housing is a basic human right and a prerequisite for effective psychiatric and substance abuse treatment. We were given a rigid list of 10 design principles for this design project that demanded creative solutions. We worked closely with our clients, the DESC organization, and had the opportunity to bounce ideas off of them, aiding us in creating design innovation that would work with the housing first model.

This project was based on an open-floor plan where most of the activities would take place. The reception desk keeps a clear line of sight to about 90% of the public areas on the ground floor. The residential tower is bar-shaped and is equipped with 80 units along a single loaded corridor. The hallway is naturally lit through floor-to-ceiling windows on each end. The housing first project created inspires a place of healthy active living to encourage each residential type to better their life.

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Southeast Elevation

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Southwest Elevation

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Ground Floor Plan

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ResidentialFloor Plan

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Unit Floor Plan x 80

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Unit Plan Perspective

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Exploded Floor Plan Axon

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Interior Unit Render

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Northeast Section

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Northwest Section

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