Rainier Beach Multi-Family



Feasibility Study
Schematic Design
Design Development
Construction Documents
Construction Administration


Alemseged Bishu (Design, Graphics & Documentation)
Thiru Manickam (Design, Graphics)
Nathan Leverson (Design, Graphics, Documentation)
Chris Vander Haak (Graphics, Documentation)

This 5-story, 65-unit mixed-use development is located in the historic business center of the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle. The project combines two existing parcels with a total area of approx. 16,000 SF. The project is a market-rate rental apartment building with a percentage of the total units dedicated for Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability program.

The ground level of the project features retail, a community space, lobby and residential units in addition to a driveway leading down to a garage below. The upper four stories consist primarily of residential units with a community lounge on the top floor. This amenity space connects to a roof-top terrace for use by the residents.

The project is one of few new mid-rise developments in an area that is still characterized by one and two-story retail and business structures. As such, the massing takes this into account and is set back from all sides, creating volumes that are comparable in scale to the nearby structures. The setbacks also allow for creating private terraces, a courtyard and balconies for residential units, most of which also have a view of Lake Washington.