Fazio Associates Landscape Architects

Plymouth on First Hill

Plymouth on first hill

Location: Seattle, Washington

Client: Plymouth Housing

Completed: 2017

Taking advantage of the steep topography of Cherry Street, the landscape features a series of integrated raised planters and accent "logs" - scored concrete bands in the sidewalk - reflecting the history of First Hill being used as "Skid Road" to move logs down the hill from Henry Yesler's sawmill. Integrated benches give moments of respite from the steep hill for pedestrians, and new Cherry street trees connect to the existing Cherry street trees up and down the hill. At the entrance on 7th Avenue, custom bench seats with integrated lighting, bike racks, and a small entry plaza work with the glassy architecture at this façade to contribute to an urban setting. Tucked around the building and navigating up the steep slope is a courtyard that is accessible from the second level of the building, offering a private space for the building tenants.

Awards: 2018 Gold Nugget Award of Merit