Hinoki is the fifth low-income building in the Seattle Housing Authority’s redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace Master Planned Community – the oldest public housing community in the nation.
Located immediately adjacent to the Yesler Terrace Community Center, Hinoki is surrounded on three sides by key community elements: a landscaped pedestrian path to the north, the community center to the west, and a public park to the south. This unique setting grants a prominence to Hinoki as a central figure in the community, and allows it to connect with its surroundings through a variety of scales and contexts.
HEWITT + PYATOK are designing three separate structures to comprise the main body of Hinoki, each addressing the unique condition they face with visual and physical connections. These structures ring the site to form a massive central courtyard opening south and providing a counterpart to the park beyond, seizing upon the open space and pulling it into the site.