Seattle architect Tom Kundig, FAIA, of Olson Kundig Architects and lead designer of Eleven Eleven East Pike (a debut condo project for the firm), is a winner in the Multifamily Living category of the American Institute of Architects’ 2011 National AIA Housing Awards, one of 18 honored nationwide.
Eleven Eleven East Pike is located in the Pike/Pine corridor also known as “Auto Row”. The first car dealership opened there in 1905 and for a good number of years, this used to be the only area in Seattle where you could buy a car. A century later and Auto Row is now home to a number of art venues, restaurants and retail stores. Trader Joe’s, Capitol Hill Arts Center, and Seattle University are all nearby.
Kundig drew from the area’s history and gave Eleven Eleven East Pike tall, wide windows, high ceilings and an extensive use of steel. The exterior siding panels are selected, by each unit owner, from a selection of classic 1950’s car colors. It’s designed to give current and future buyers a mix-a-match aesthetic.
Kundig took that concept a step further. Famous for combining architecture with invention in his designs, or “working art”. Eleven Eleven East Pike’s units contain an exclusive “Puzzle Door” system. With a track running along the ceiling and wheels along the bottom, you can move the door around and place it as a wall wherever you want one, giving you the freedom to customize the shape of your interior spaces.
Kundig also introduced his original “Urban RV” in this project. Another piece you can move around, you can transform the Urban RV into a coffee table, a kitchen island, or even a desk. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, and a rooftop garden offers a peaceful place to enjoy the famous Seattle views.
The AIA Housing Awards was established to recognize the best in housing design, and ”to promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource.” Its jury was impressed by the exterior space flexibility, “which gives the project richness and a joyful appearance.” Both high and low-density projects for public and private clients were considered which, along with architectural design features, also included how well the projects fit into the neighborhood, open and recreational space, transportation and quality of life.
Eleven Eleven East Pike meets LEED requirements for Development Density, Site Selection, Alternative Transportation and Storm-water Management. There are five homes remaining, with sizes ranging between 623 to 754 square feet, and prices run between $229,950 and $314,950. An extra $15,000 buys you a parking space.
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