David Baker Architects

Africatown Plaza

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View from the corner at 23rd Avenue. Image: David Baker Architects


Africatown Plaza is a multi-generational mixed-use building that includes 126 affordable homes, offices for the Africatown Community Land Trust and neighborhood-focused retail and amenities.

The building is designed to serve as a unique destination within the city of Seattle and a reflection of the Black Experience of this community within the Pacific Northwest.

An iconic corten steel volume visually anchors the corner of 23rd Avenue and East Spring Street, welcoming residents and visitors to Africatown Plaza. The bold form hovers above the plaza in the manner of a tree canopy, offering shelter and a gathering space for residents, while the columns root into the ground, symbolizing stability and permanence for the community. The Afrocentric design developed from community input and collaboration with our partners Africatown Community Land Trust, Community Roots Housing, GGLO, and Site Workshop.  

View from corner at 24th Avenue. Image: David Baker Architects

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Corner of the plaza. Image: David Baker Architects

Fabric map of Africa, used for color and pattern inspiration in the facade design. Image: Priya Shah


The design draws from African textiles to inform siding patterns, colors, and textures.The random batten siding is inspired by Kente, Adinkra, and Kuba motifs of the Pan-African diaspora, as well as ideas of 'offbeat phrasing' from jazz music and contemporary African American art.

Entry of Africatown Plaza. Image: David Baker Architects

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Site Plan. Image: David Baker Architects

project details


Affordable Housing, All Projects, Apartments, Mid-Rise Housing


Seattle, Washington

Architect of Record



Africatown Community Land Trust

Design Architect

David Baker Architects

Interior Design

Dream Collaborative

Landscape Architect

Site Workshop

Structural Engineer

PCS Structural Solutions

Geotech Engineer

PanGEO, Inc.

Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer


Civil Engineer

COTERRA Engineering



project data
1120 23rd Aveune 21906
Seattle, Washington
In Design
number of units
studio 59
1 bedroom 36
2 bedroom 18
3 bedroom 13
total 126
density ratios
project sf 103,734
site sf 23,394
acres 0.54
total bedrooms 170
bedrooms/acre 315
units/acre 233
construction type
7 stories Type I, Type IIIA
Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS) Goal