Bridges at 11th

Project: Bridges at 11th
Seattle, WA
Housing Development
235,000 SQ FT

Expected completion: Summer 2014

Project Architect/Landscape Architect: GGLO, LLC

Project Partners: Security Properties, University of Washington, Seattle Children's Hospital

Project Summary: Bridges at 11th is a newly developing, transit-oriented, housing development in the heart of the University District in Seattle. Driven by the workforce housing needs of the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, who sought housing within walking and biking distance, the project aims to foster a vibrant community within its walls and provide connections for its residents to the immediate neighborhood. To that end, the primary planning feature is the divsion of the project program into three compact and completely freestanding buildings with permeable street-like connections between them. These permeable spaces bring together the street frontage and a currently underutilized alley, making it more walkable and activity-friendly. By using new design elements such as enlivened street edges, through-block open spaces, integrated art, and iconic architecture, Bridges hopes to become a lively home with ample opportunities for physical activity for many and an asset to the Roosevelt and University District neighborhoods.

Bridges at 11th was designed with close attention to NYC's Active Design Guidelines. Several key strategies are highlighted below, and more detailed diagrams and analysis can be found under the Resources link at right.

Active Design Highlights:

1. Bridges includes a multi-modal mews that connects the primary street frontage to an underutilized alley. The area is complete with pedestrian and bicycle access from the sidewalk, integrated bicycle parking, seating for varying users, planters, and close proximity to a bus stop.

2. Walkability and movement is encouraged as the project adds to the available sidewalk and green space by creating through-block public pedestrian areas. These through-block spaces break up the building massing in order to increase street connectivity and permeability for bicycles, vehicles, and pedestrians alike.

3. Thoughtful design of the pedestrian pathway creates fluid transitions between the sidewalk, plaza, and through-block connections to encourage walking for all users. Public art installations and outdoor cafes also contribute to an attractive and engaging streetscape.

4. Building exteriors include staircases that are directly accessible from the sidewalk and open spaces.

5. Rooftop landscapes are designed to provide alternative paths of travel for building residents and are directly connected to circulation stairs.

6. Building facilities like the Bike Club, bicycle racks along the sidewalk, and a ground floor fitness foom support recreational and transportation-related exercise while activating the streetscape.

7. Stairs and canopies line the sidewalk, and building facades are designed with attention to transparency and variety—all of which contributes to a human-scale, pedestrian-friendly, and lively street.

Additional project information is available here.

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    Ample new bicycle, pedestrian and green spaces are provided; image courtesy of GGLO.
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    Increased available spaces for movement and congregation; image courtesy of GGLO.
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    Entry staircases provide another opportunity to both sit and be active; image courtesy of GGLO.
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