Communita|Atelier designed the street frontages, entry court and interior courtyard space for this contemporary student apartment building located across the street from Everett Community College campus.
A grid of Scarlet Sentinel Maples offers a soft transition from the public sidewalk to the building’s main entrance. Patterned tree grates and specially-scored paving directs the eye toward the entry, creating a strong sense of arrival. Masses of evergreen ornamental grasses and upright Redtwig Dogwoods are planted at the perimeter edges, complementing the building’s style, and providing year-round structure and color.
The interior courtyard provides a space for intimate gatherings and interaction between students. The landscape design includes two distinct outdoor rooms with moveable cafe tables and lounge seating, a water feature, festival lighting and a large cast-in-place planter with built-in benches. The planter frames a specimen Japanese Maple as the focal point of the courtyard – with fine-textured foliage that marks the change in seasons. Natural materials such as landscape boulders and cobblestone mulch provide textural interest and contrast with the clean lines of the architecture.