The Work Live Learn bloc occupies the burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. It's a high density mixed use solution housing art students, working artists, wood/metal shops, and ground floor gallery spaces.
The section and verticality of the unit was considered the most vital and this aspect was exploited in order to maximize the site’s potential. Stepping and vertical expansion was utilized in order to create spatial thresholds. This creates a section that flares out towards the end, where the most prized of spaces is to be: the work space.
Each unit is also rotated about the stack’s core, creating a natural daylighting slit for each unit’s work space. This ‘twisted jigsaw stack’ also allows tenants to feel a sense of ownership for their views, as each unit is orientated differently.
The ground floor hosts additional leasable studio and gallery space. Also, the adjacent church parking lot will be acquired (with their parking relocated to the below grade garage) in order for the creation of a sculpture park, thus amplifying the bloc's urban draw.
Number of units: 96
Professional unit: 950 sq. ft.
Dorm unit: 450 sq. ft.
Status: School Project
Location: Seattle, WA, US
My Role: Designer