The Prospect is a 3,000 square foot rental housing project in Central Tacoma, designed, developed, and built by WC STUDIO. Located in a neighborhood with a mix of single-family homes, apartment buildings, and the eclectic establishments of the Sixth Avenue business district, The Prospect endeavors to set a new standard for urban livability.
Each duplex contains a two-bedroom dwelling unit above a ground floor studio/workspace, with a landscaped courtyard in between. The Prospect provides a superior quality rental product via thoughtfully planned layouts, elegant interiors crafted from simple materials, and living-level access to outdoor amenity space.
Splitting the project into two structures and keeping the building footprints small helps maintain privacy and a sense of spaciousness for residents and neighbors, despite our 25’ X 100’ lot dimensions and minimal setbacks. The central courtyard between the buildings also provides more opportunities for natural light, natural ventilation, and on-site storm water infiltration—great benefits for the environment as well as the residents.
A distinct joint pattern in the aluminum panel rain screen by Oculus paired with textured black plywood defines the project’s unique exterior expression. Aesthetic identity in turn supports a deeper sense of place.
Although we have come to call this project The Prospect, it is actually to prospect (the verb) that inspired our diagonal pattern. Divining rods, a tool for prospecting, supposedly rotate to cross when sub-surface minerals are present. Regardless of the questionable science behind divining rods, we like the idea that design, much like prospecting involves exploration and discovery.
Photos by Steve Campana