15 Primary Units, 8 ADUs ranging from 525 to 1,375 net square feet
Townhouses, Townhouses with attached ADU, and Townhouse over an ADU
Community Gathering Spaces
Common open space
In 2019, the City of Seattle adopted a new zoning classification for urban village areas that encourages smaller residential units, including accessory dwelling units with the intent of delivering more affordable housing. The project site, 20 minutes south of Seattle’s City Center in the Rainier Beach Overlay, is located in a frequent transit zone where no parking is required. Rudd Development challenged Opticos to design a unique product that opens more paths to home ownership, discreetly builds housing density, and stands out as a precedent for diverse housing choices on an under-utilized corner lot on an important corridor.
Innovating with Small Footprint Townhouses and For Sale ADUs
Giving sensitive consideration to the surrounding homes, Opticos designed multiple building types that borrow from the neighborhood character and scale. Each structure was sited organically around existing trees and a common courtyard. As a corner lot, it was particularly important that the houses did not turn their back on the street. The unit entries are configured so that some face the street while others front the courtyard providing active frontages for both conditions.
The integrated ADUs will sell separate from the primary units to achieve a higher level of attainability. Aggregating parking achieves an inviting shared open space. Combining small footprint townhouses and single story flats, the Cloverdale Cottages include a range of house-scale buildings. The townhouse design accommodates modular construction.