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16 new boutique townhomes blend into Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood

16 new boutique townhomes blend into Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood

Johnston Architects designed the 38,000-sf multifamily housing complex for owner/developer/GC StoryBuilt.

By JOHNSTON ARCHITECTS | December 23, 2022
Courtyard at Winston Townhomes, Seattle.
The courtyard sits amid the four structures that comprise Winston Townhomes, Seattle. Photo: Rafael Soldi

The recently completed Winston Townhomes blend into Seattle's iconic Ravenna neighborhood, surrounded by a mix of small-scale commercial and retail buildings, single-family homes, and historically significant public buildings. The multifamily housing project was designed to fit gracefully into this eclectic mix of scales, uses, and vintages.

The 38,000-sf enterprise, designed by Johnston Architects for owner/developer/contractor StoryBuilt, encompasses 16 boutique, two-bedroom townhomes with private terraces, outdoor space, and secure underground parking. Starting price: $1,048,880.

Each townhouse has a balcony and private patio space.
Each residence has a private patio that faces into the courtyard and additional private outdoor amenity spaces accessed from within the unit. Photo: Rafael Soldi


Designed to connect the pedestrian scale of the street to the residential scale of the Ravenna neighborhood, the project divides the 16 townhomes into four three-story buildings grouped around a shared landscaped courtyard with private parking below.

Natural daylighting and direct solar heating is maximized in the courtyard by orienting it along a north/south axis. This creates a welcoming and inhabitable shared space.

Kitchen in first-floor townhome.
Kitchen in the first floor of one of the 16 townhomes in the residential complex. Photo: Rafael Soldi

Raised front entry stoops along Ravenna Avenue, perforated brick walls framing the project entry, and street-facing facades composed of brick and cedar create a visually tactile experience for residents and neighbors evocative of the rich material vernacular of the Pacific Northwest.

Extruded steel lintels around windows to support the brick.
Extruded steel lintels around windows to support the brick. Johnston Architects used masonry as a sunshade to lower solar heat gain in the residences. Photo: Rafael Soldi


Owner/Developer/GC: StoryBuilt

Project manager: Harmony Cooper

Architect: Johnston Architects

Structural engineer: Malsam Tsang

Civil engineer: Core Design Inc.

Mechanical engineer: Sider + Byers

Electrical engineer: AWA Electrical Consultants

Building envelope: Trinity ERD

Landscape architect: Karen Kiest Landscape Architecture

Main pedestrian entry along the west facade on Ravenna Avenue, Seattle.
Main pedestrian entry along the west façade on Ravenna Avenue, Seattle. Photo: Rafael Soldi


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