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TACOMA/

JEFFERSON

"take the long and winding road that leads to your door."

Use the historic patterns of a city to design on a steep site.

CHALLENGE

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The site sits on the edge of a former  warehouse district and downtown Tacoma. Freight rail lines played a role in determining the patterns of the city

When carrying the patterns through the site they help solve the problem of how to help people traverse the site.

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The fantastic views also played a role in determining the shape of the buildings on the site.

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Some initial sketches of the site after responding to the two design influences.

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...and the buildings are inspired by the industrial surroundings.

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Tacoma's building its future by learning from its past!