Sevastapol Station

Process
Pullback

Historically, this neighborhood centered on a vibrant commercial street that supported several blocks of surrounding single-family residences. Over time, the storefronts have been infilled + now several buildings on the commercial block are unused + falling into disrepair. The client is a non-profit, community-focused organization that revitalizes distressed neighborhoods. The project is mixed-use at a modest scale in order to tie in cohesively to the existing mixed-use commercial buildings with first-floor storefront + second-floor residential.

Momentum

Playing off the irregularly shaped corner lot, the building storefront skews to face S.E. 6th Street, then angles back to open up a green space in front of the shops that completes a walkable green corridor from the neighborhood on the west + the park to the east. The triangle green space in front of the building is a rain garden that patrons will walk through via small bridges in order to access the shops. Bold shifts between the levels in both materiality + form make a clear transition between a commercial node + the adjacent single-family homes.

Impact

The base of the building is two-sided commercial made up of traditional modular brick + storefront windows while the second story breaks to a modern residential palette of cement board + cedar siding with large, shared exterior roof decks looking back at the downtown skyline. Pedestrian corridors are inserted that make the neighborhood more walkable + connect existing green spaces. The project provides a spark to the commercial corridor by punctuating it with a strong + active node. The test of success lies in the near future where the storefronts down the street begin opening up again with a new generation of neighborhood shops.

Respect
  • "Slingshot provided NDC, as well as the neighborhood, a landmark to be proud of. We were also very impressed with their commitment to seeing our project through, from beginning to the very end..
    Abbey Gilroy, Executive Director, Neighborhood Development Corporation