The Rooster serves as a positive exemplar for mid-density urban housing. Sited mid-block, the Rooster is organized into two parallel 5-story buildings, enclosing a linear courtyard on a shared below-grade parking structure.
Within these tight constraints, it can be a challenge to design efficient units that provide character and variety, inside and out. Recessed “decklets” provide a warm wood accent and depth to the facade, while improving ventilation and privacy for the units. On the courtyard side, “sleeping porch” units position the bedroom outboard of the living room in an arrangement that provides a uniquely intimate sleeping area, as well as texture to the south courtyard facade. Thoughtful, rigorous detailing of the cost-effective cladding and fenestration elevates the perception of quality and urbanity that suits the building type.
Along the active, commercial NE 65th Street, there is generous spill-out space for the restaurants, which is separated from the sidewalk by built-in street furniture and covered by the building’s portico. The widened sidewalk accommodates pedestrian traffic accessing the bike, bus, and light rail infrastructure of the growing neighborhood.
The Rooster demonstrates that a thoughtfully composed structure with a restrained material palette can provide visual interest and sophistication, yet contribute to a harmonious urban streetscape.
Weinstein A+U design team
Ed Weinstein, design principal
Rob Kiker, project architect
Rumi Takahashi, architectural staff
David Dahl, architectural staff
Architecture and Interiors: Weinstein A+U
Interior Designer: VIDA Design
General Contractor: Exxel Pacific
Civil: Coughlin Porter Lundeen (CPL)
Landscape: Karen Kiest Landscape Architecture
Structural: Coughlin Porter Lundeen (CPL)
Mechanical / Plumbing / Electrical: Rushing
Leasing: Blanton Turner
Lake Union Partners