Senior Services of King County
38,000 sf total
25 residential units
18,000 sf office space
Senior Services is a non-profit agency that supports the ability of low-income senior citizens to live independently and with dignity. The agency needed a new downtown headquarters to house its administrative and service programs, but it also was challenged to find a site to construct downtown housing for its clientele. Considering the synergies between these two programs, the agency decided that integrating their offices with an increment of senior housing would be philosophically and economically desirable.
Accordingly, five levels of apartments were located above three levels of administrative offices. For philosophical reasons, a common “walk-in” lobby serves both the housing and administrative offices. Similarly, the agency’s multi-purpose rooms are often utilized by the residents. The sense of community is enhanced with view-oriented common rooms at each floor and a shared roof terrace and garden.
Masonry Institute, International Excellence in Residential Masonry, First Place, 2007
Masonry Institute of Washington, Excellence in Masonry, Merit Award, 2006
AIA Seattle/DJC Project of the Month, 2004
Seattle Times/AIA Housing the NW Multi-Family Housing Tour, 2004
Photography: © Lara Swimmer Photography