2007 Merit Award, AIA Washington Civic Design Awards
2007 Brick in Architecture Gold Winner
Northgate Library & Community Center
Miller Hull worked with the Seattle Department of Parks &
Recreation and Seattle Public Libraries on a joint venture
project in the Northgate neighborhood of Seattle.
The 3.5 acre site for the new civic center is across 5th Avenue
from the Northgate Shopping Center. The east side of the
property is adjacent to a residential neighborhood and the Thornton
Creek watershed park. This project creates a pedestrian link
between the hardscape retail development, and the wooded, residential
community it serves.
Consisting of a 20,000 s.f. community center, a 10,000 sf library, and a
civic green, shared design elements, create a sense of a larger, civic
development: a modern town center for the community. The central
plaza links both the Library and Community Center, and forms an entry
for both. The new center gives the neighborhood more than just an
entrance on the street: it creates a place between buildings for people
to congregate, for activities to take place. Multiple pedestrian
entrances to the site allow the project to act more as a node of activity,
(both a thoroughfare and a destination) rather than a one-stop destination.
The design language consists of solid, brick-clad forms contrasted against soaring
roof planes with glazing and skeletal steel forms below. Windows at street level
are plentiful in order to convey both a storefront (retail) appearance, and to
allow the community to see the activity within the buildings.
The project is LEED™ Gold certified.