The manner in which portionso a building orm are expressed (materials,color, texture, pattern, modulation, etc.) andcome together to dene the structure.
The size and character o abuilding element relative to other elementsaround it. For example, the size and propor-tion o windows in a building açade areusually related to one another, the spacesbetween them, and the scale o surroundingbuildings.
The characteristics o the building, streetscape and landscape that surrounds a givenbuilding, site or area. Examples include predominance o period architecture materials, widesidewalks, continuous and overhead weather protection, consistent street trees or numerousparking lots.
A deviation rom the requirements o the City’s Land Use Code. The City, guidedby the board’s recommendation, grants departures when they make possible a design that better meets the Design Guidelines and the intent o the land use code. The board or Citydoes not always grant departures sought by developers.
The arrangement and designo windows and other openings on abuilding’s açade.
Floor Area Ratio (FAR):
A measure o density expressed as a ratio o the amount o chargeable Gross Floor Area permitted/andor existing in a structure to the area o the lot on which the structure is located.
A principal or ceremonial point o entrance into a district or neighborhood.
Panes or sheets o glass set in rames, as in windows, doors or mirrors.
The three dimensional bulk o a structure: height, width and depth. Breakinglarger buildings down into separate volumes reduces apparent bulk and enables a good tran-sition to adjacent buildings o a smaller scale.
Master Use Permit (MUP):
A permit issued by DPD that consolidates all discretionary reviewsinto one permit and provides or the consolidation o appeals or all land use decisions.
A stepping back or projecting orward o sections o a structure’s açade withinspecied intervals o building width and depth, as a means o breaking up a structure’sapparent bulk.
Reerence to the regular or harmonious recurrence o lines, shapes, orms or col-ors, incorporating the concept o repetition as a device to organize orms and spacesin architecture.
The spatial relationship among structures along a street or block ront, includingheight, bulk and yard relationships. Proportional relationship o the size o parts to one an-other and to the human gure.
The required or actual placement o abuilding a specied distance away rom a road, prop-erty line or other structure.
A detailed plan showing the proposedplacement o structures, parking areas, open space,landscaping and other development eatures, on aparcel o land.
The visual character o a street asdetermined by elements such as structures, access,greenery, open space, view, etc. The scene as may beobserved along a public street composed o naturaland man-made components, including buildings,paving planting, street hardware and miscellaneousstructures.
A street level development standardwhich requires that a percentage o the açade areaconsist o clear or lightly tinted glass between 2 eet and 8 eet above the adjacent sidewalk or walkway.
Seattle is a growing city. Many neighborhoods are becoming moredense as our City’s leaders aim to concentrate growth to make Seattlemore livable and sustainable.Design Review is one tool the City employs to create a better city,giving the Department o Planning and Development and citizens avoice in the design o most new multiamily and commercial buildings.Good design creates pedestrian-riendly streetscapes and enhances aneighborhood’s character.
The Design Review Board’s identication o the highest priority design guidelines oreach project enables the City and the applicant to ocus on those site-specic design-related issues that have the most impact on the project. Below is an example o howthe architect o the Press Building developed excellent design solutions or each o theve highest priority guidelines identied by the board.
The Press Building displays the "rail and rung" and "autorow” character o the Pike/Pine neighborhood.The residential entry and lobby are located on therungs o the ladder at Belmont Avenue, while com-mercial uses are located along the rail o Pine Street.Rollup storeronts, tile accents, canopies or weather protection and high quality exterior materials refectthe urban character o the neighborhood.
Access to the building’s structured parking garage is kept away rom Pine Street and located on Belmont Avenue, avoiding any intererencewith the pedestrian streetscape experience.
Open space at the street-level court- yard, second-level terrace and mewsconnects the streetscape and com-munity room while breaking down the building's scale. A rootop deck provides greenery, views and an attractive outdoor area or residents and guests.
A large canopy, a tapered and tile-covered column, and a roo top trellis emphasizethe building’s corner. The brick exterior is pulled back rom the corner at Belmont and Pine, which combines with the change incharacter o the metal siding and windowsto provide articulation to the corner acades.
City o SeattleDepartment o Planning & Development Design Review Program
93,014 sq. ft.
Trace Lofts/Trace North – Johnson Architecture & Planning LLCPhotography on this page by E. Calderon/courtesy GGLO, unless otherwise noted.
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