Tacoma, WA

This group of six attached homes will add more housing in a category known as the “missing middle” providing more choices and diverse types of housing in Tacoma. The project site near the intersection of MLK and South 19th is part of the Hilltop Mixed Use Center and will be a short walk from the Tacoma Link light rail extension.

In developing the design for these homes, special attention was given to often overlooked aspects of townhouse design: functional storage and access to outdoor space.

Ground floor work space will activate Martin Luther King Way

Each townhouse will have a rooftop garden and views to the City

The top of each unit features an occupiable roof deck and vegetated green roof accessed by a stair from the third level which contains two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The middle level hosts the kitchen and main living spaces, and the ground floor is designed as a flex space that could function as an in-law suite, guest room, family room, library, or home office. The ground level of the street facing units has a more open floor plan than the side-facing units to encourage streetscape activation via live-work arrangements. Each townhouse has a secondary entry accessing through a storage area sized generously enough for bicycles, BBQs, or other outdoor gear.

The exterior design features subtle textural and tonal contrasts. Horizontal cedar siding accents the painted cement fiber board shingles and panels.

Live/Work units face the public street while more private entries and gardens are placed off of a shared courtyard

First floor storage and work-from-home options provide flexibility

A south-facing master suite and second bedroom utilize large windows

The kitchen and living room layout maximize the small footprint

A vegetated rooftop deck has space to gather and look toward the City

A color study for the project creates individuality for each unit


Alternating blocks of color on the street and alley facing sides

The stair enclosures on the roof will also act as thermal chimneys exhausting heat in the summer