Africatown Plaza

Seattle WA | Under Construction 

Exterior rendering of  Africatown Plaza in Seattle, Wa. #

View from the corner at 23rd Avenue.

Image Credit
David Baker Architects
Africatown Plaza is an affordable housing development and gathering space in Seattle’s once primarily African-American Central District.

This seven-story mixed-use building includes 126 affordable homes, offices for the Africatown Community Land Trust, and neighborhood-focused retail and amenities. The building is intended to serve as a unique destination within Seattle and a reflection of the Black Experience within the Pacific Northwest.

The community-driven design includes a range of social spaces, including a plaza “heart” for large celebrations, and a stoop culture enabled by ground-floor terraces that activate the street edge and connect outward toward the neighborhood. 

Curving and organic forms inspired by African architecture—strong favorites from the design workshops—are incorporated in areas of high visibility and shared enjoyment, such as the waving bay facing 23rd Avenue.  An iconic weathering steel volume visually anchors this corner and hovers above the plaza in the manner of a tree canopy, offering shelter and a gathering space for residents, while the columns root it into the ground, symbolizing stability and permanence for the community.


Recognition


Awards
Gold Nugget Grand Award—Best On-the-Boards Affordable Housing Community
Pacific Coast Builders Conference

Team


Architect of Record
GGLO
Owner
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
GLUMAC
Civil Engineer
COTERRA Engineering

Project Details


Project Number
21906

Address

1120 23rd Aveune
Seattle, WA
United States



Status
Under Construction

Number of Units
Studio
59
1 Bedroom
36
2 Bedroom
18
3 Bedroom
13

Total 126

Density Ratios
Project
103,734 sf
Site
23,394 sf
Acres
0.54

Construction
Type I
Type IIIA
7 Stories

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