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mixed use

FEATURE

Chophouse Row, Seattle
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hophouse Row, designed by Graham Baba Architects in collaboration with Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young
(SKL) Architects, both of Seattle, was created from a collection of contiguous properties within a single

block in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Rather than consider the eclectic mix of buildings and empty space
an impediment to development, the owner recognized the value of the structures' hard-won patina and unique
character. By integrating a diverse, mutually supportive combination of activities that includes living, working,
and retail in one contiguous array of spaces, the development results in a village within a village, according to
the Graham Baba website.
The design solution knits these disparate properties together using new pedestrian corridors and connections
between old and new spaces to create a truly mixed-use project. Challenges for the project included resolving the
11-ft. change in elevation between the east and west boundaries of the site, interweaving old and new structures,
and stacking mixed uses in the same building, including live/work/retail/parking. Public spaces and connections
to other buildings on the block are born through the strategic removal of existing parts of buildings-back doors
become front doors, and open space is created from previously solid edges. Materials removed during demolition
find a second life as siding, flooring, stair treads, and windows.
The five-story addition (plus two mezzanine levels) essentially merges with the existing Chophouse-the roof
deck of the old building becomes the floor of an office in the new building. Blending between old and new extends
throughout the project, resulting in a single-building-type classification for the project. This attitude is evident in
tenant spaces as well, especially those at the ground floor, where individual restaurants and retail shops occupy
old and new space. Naturally ventilated, the 43,800-sq.-ft. project features a series of loft-like floors and adjoining
decks and balconies that provide territorial views to the neighborhood and back into the site. The result is a
human-scaled destination that is distinguished through its insistence upon incremental urbanism rather than
large-scale monoculture.

Above. By integrating a diverse, mutually supportive combination of activities that includes living, working, and retail in one contiguous array of spaces, the Chophouse Row development results in a village within a village. Photo: Graham Baba
Left. Individual restaurants and retail shops occupy old and new space at Chophouse Row. Photo: Graham Baba

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture October 2017

The Architects
Shaping Neighborhoods
Local Atmosphere
Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
Decking Provides Venue Views
Exteriors Products
After The Storm
Lofty Windows
Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
Windows & Doors Products
Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
UV Technology Fights Infection
Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Lighting & Electrical Products
Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
Interiors Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover2
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 1
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 2
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 3
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 4
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 5
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 6
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 7
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - The Architects
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 9
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Shaping Neighborhoods
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 11
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 12
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 14
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 15
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 16
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 17
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Local Atmosphere
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 19
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 20
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 21
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 22
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 23
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 25
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 26
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Decking Provides Venue Views
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Exteriors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 29
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - After The Storm
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 31
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lofty Windows
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 37
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 39
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 41
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 42
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - UV Technology Fights Infection
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 44
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 46
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 47
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 48
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 49
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 51
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 52
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 56
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 58
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 59
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Interiors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 61
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Building Technology Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 63
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Showcase
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Index
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Portfolio
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover3
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover4
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