Oak & Alder Townhome by Hybrid

The Oak & Alder Townhome in Seattle, Washington is an fascinating city residence designed by Hybrid for 2 totally different households.

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Nestled in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood, Oak & Alder celebrates town’s previous whereas setting the tone for its future. Full with a rusted corten metal exterior, huge home windows, and a pitched roofline, the townhome doesn’t appear like different multi-family buildings round city—and that’s precisely what the mission’s developer, architect, and builder, Hybrid, aimed to realize.

Impressed by a close-by purple brick highschool and neighboring craftsman houses, Oak & Alder reinterprets the Central District’s recognizable options into a trendy high-density housing answer. In a metropolis struggling to fulfill the rising demand for reasonably priced housing, Oak & Alder accommodates two very totally different householders with unimaginable flexibility, design innovation, and ample entry to pure gentle.

“75 p.c of Seattle’s land is devoted to single-family zoning, which is extraordinarily unusual for a metropolis this dimension,” says Hybrid’s Challenge Designer and Improvement Supervisor, Alex Herbig. “Oak & Alder is the lacking center typology that provides unit density however at a scale and materiality that performs effectively with respect to the adjoining single-family houses.”

Oak & Alder’s corten metal exterior is a play on the brick highschool throughout the road, whereas the pitched roofline mimics the craftsman houses subsequent door.

Like lots of Hybrid’s residential tasks, Oak & Alder started by way of neighborly relationships. In 2018, Hybrid’s founding associate and design principal, Robert Humble, befriended a neighborhood brewery proprietor who had an underutilized aspect yard on an outsized single-family lot. The proprietor was planning to promote his residence, so Hybrid helped him enhance his property worth whereas creating an answer to town’s housing disaster. Hybrid helped divide the lot and create a brand new growth parcel on the proprietor’s aspect yard. On the completion of the land division, Hybrid bought the brand new parcel from the house owner to develop Oak & Alder. After three years of growth, design, and building, Hybrid reworked the empty lot into two perpendicular models and three parking spots with out demolishing or displacing present residents.

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“Many long-term residents really feel that growth occurs to them and never with them,” says Humble. “Hybrid goals to incorporate these long-term residents within the growth course of, giving them editorial management and monetary profit to the event of their land.”
Throughout the building course of, Oak & Alder caught the attention of a Copenhagen-based couple who have been relocating to Seattle with their two youngsters to launch a online game firm. Underwhelmed by different townhomes that prioritized sq. footage over high quality design, the household fell for Oak & Alder’s dramatic roofline, impartial Scandinavian-inspired coloration palette, and reverse flooring plan—which was harking back to their Denmark residence. The household bought the house on presale sight unseen, granting them the uncommon alternative to personalize their unit earlier than it was full. The household chosen customized Abodian cupboards in colourful Bauhaus hues and transformed the bottom stage into two small youngsters’ rooms.

The entrance unit was later bought by a person in search of a novel abode near his Capitol Hill workplace. He shortly fell in love with Oak & Alder’s consideration to circulation and performance—typically an afterthought for a lot of townhome designs—however was most excited concerning the plentiful pure gentle from the large home windows. Located west, the entrance unit is flooded with daylight (a treasured luxurious in such a depressing metropolis) and captures unparalleled skyline views at evening. The unit additionally incorporates a sunlight-filled gasket off the
third-story kitchen, providing out of doors entry from a number of ranges. Essentially the most gentle, nevertheless, comes from the highest flooring’s vaulted solarium, which he makes use of as a music studio.

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“The big open loft supplies inspiring acoustics and a full sound for the kind of music I write,” says the house owner, who shares the entrance unit together with his long-time roommate and pal. “I have a tendency to jot down music at evening, so with the ability to draw back and look by way of the skylights on the Seattle skyline is all the time a supply of inspiration.”

As Seattle continues to develop and housing costs skyrocket, Hybrid’s Oak & Alder mission supplies high-density housing with out compromising high quality. Paying tribute to the neighborhood each step of the way in which, Hybrid’s course of provides a brand new perspective on growth as a collaboration. In addition they honor the neighborhood’s signature buildings with sloped rooflines and textured exteriors. Inside, Oak & Alder makes room for town’s evolving residents with versatile, livable designs for a busy household of 4 and two roommates. Seattle will proceed to evolve, however Oak & Alder celebrates its previous whereas prolonging its affordability and accessibility.

Images by Rafael Soldi

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– by Matt Watts