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West Seattle Public Realm

Seattle, WA
Public space

Over the course of nearly a century, the Sweeney Family’s Alki Lumber business has served as an anchor for the West Seattle community. With six blocks of land holdings comprising nearly 4 acres along 36th Ave SW, and adjacent to Sound Transit’s future Avalon Station, the family engaged Northwest Studio to develop a comprehensive strategy for redevelopment in a way that honors the family’s commercial history while looking forward to the next century of growth and evolution.

Two early phase sites will catalyze a new community core along 36th Ave SW, creating a neighborhood anchor for current and future residents, for commuters, and visitors.

The public realm reflects this community-focused planning and the level of investment required to create a truly unique place. Utilizing the street’s extraordinary wide right-of-way, deep building overhangs, and wide boardwalks promote an active and welcoming pedestrian experience in all of the Pacific Northwest’s peculiar weather conditions - establishing an urban design prototype that can be constructed, tested, and then extended across the two northerly blocks in the West Seattle Triangle.


Seattle, Washington

HB Sweeney Blocks, LLC

Design: 2022-Ongoing

Public realm design

2 City Blocks

Building Architect: Tiscareno Associates︎︎︎ 
Civil Engineering: KPFF︎︎︎
Landscape Architect: Berger Partnership︎︎︎
Accessibility Design: Studio Pacifica︎︎︎


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