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Community Guide to Design Review

Community Guide to Design Review

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 Articulation:
The manner in which portionso a building orm are expressed (materials,color, texture, pattern, modulation, etc.) andcome together to dene the structure.
Compatibility:
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.
Context:
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.
Departure:
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.
Fenestration:
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.
Gateway:
A principal or ceremonial point o entrance into a district or neighborhood.
Glazing:
Panes or sheets o glass set in rames, as in windows, doors or mirrors.
 Massing:
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.
 Modulation:
A stepping back or projecting orward o sections o a structure’s açade withinspecied intervals o building width and depth, as a means o breaking up a structure’sapparent bulk.
Rhythm:
Reerence 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.
 Scale:
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.
 Setback:
The required or actual placement o abuilding a specied distance away rom a road, prop-erty line or other structure.
 Site Plan:
A detailed plan showing the proposedplacement o structures, parking areas, open space,landscaping and other development eatures, on aparcel o land.
 Streetscape:
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.
Transparency:
 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.
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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 multiamily and commercial buildings.Good design creates pedestrian-riendly streetscapes and enhances aneighborhood’s character.
The Design Review Board’s identication o the highest priority design guidelines oreach project enables the City and the applicant to ocus on those site-specic 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 theve highest priority guidelines identied by the board.
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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 storeronts, tile accents, canopies or weather protection and high quality exterior materials refectthe urban character o the neighborhood.
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 Access to the building’s structured parking  garage is kept away rom Pine Street and located on Belmont Avenue, avoiding any intererencewith the pedestrian streetscape experience.
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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 rootop deck provides greenery, views and an attractive outdoor area or residents and guests.
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 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.
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