1111 E. Pike brings architectural diversity to the Pike/Pine neighborhood by serving as a modern counterpoint to nearby remodeled historic structures. The site’s history as part of Seattle’s “auto row” is captured in 1111’s tall, wide windows and high ceilings, the use of steel, and an exterior of panelized siding with a palette inspired by classic car colors from the 1950s. The project was designed so that owners would be able to choose the exterior color of their unit from a pre-selected set, much like selecting your own car color.
The owner and developer of this project, a long time resident of the neighborhood, wanted to support the economic and social diversity of the neighborhood by providing affordable housing. 1111’s program is multi-use: ground level retail, five floors of condominiums (27 units between 623 SF and 1,137 SF), a rooftop garden and two levels of underground parking. Simple materials and straightforward construction kept costs low, enabling people who work in the community to live there as well. Inside each unit, a custom-designed Puzzle Door allows owners to adapt their space as needed. 1111 E. Pike meets LEED requirements for Development Density, Site Selection, Alternate Transportation, and Storm-water Management.
1111 E. Pike was the recipient of a 2011 AIA Housing Award.