Designed in collaboration with Pyatok Architects, Red Cedar is the fourth affordable housing project initiated by Seattle Housing authority as part of the Master Planned Community – Yesler Terrace. Seattle Housing Authority will replace all 561 aging housing units currently within the MPC-YT area. Construction begins in May 2017 in anticipation of full occupancy by 2019.
Yesler Terrace will be pursuing both Enterprise Green Communities Certification (EGCC) and Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards (ESDS).
The challenging triangular, sloped site generates a design response that rims the site perimeter with housing accessed through a south-west gateway to an open yet secure courtyard in the center. Parking occupies a two-level concrete structure partially buried in the north hillside and serves as a podium for five stories of wood framed apartments above. The east and south wings are five-stories of wood framed apartments which include mostly two-level townhouses with exterior walkways on the courtyard side. These single loaded balconies created double aspect family-sized units to promote better daylight access and natural ventilation. These 5 stories sit atop a one-story concrete podium housing offices, a community room and three ground level flats.
The interior courtyard provides a mix of social space, play areas and circulation. The roofs will have an array of both hot water solar panels and photo-voltaic panels to reduce the electrical needs of the building. This project will be pursuing both Enterprise Green Communities Certification (EGCC) and Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards (ESDS).