North Bend, WA
Driving into North Bend from any one direction, one can’t help but be amazed by all the natural beauty surrounding the town. With the striking outline of Mt. Si in the background and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River only a few miles away from the site, the design of Traverse(formerly River Run) is largely influenced by the rugged characteristic of the region. The project is situated on a 6-acre property, and consists of 130 residential units and a clubhouse. The units themselves are a mix of walk up apartment flats and 3-story townhomes, which are provided with their own backyards. Decks and large window openings at the upper levels frame views to the numerous mountain ranges, constantly reminding one of their proximity to the great outdoors.
The clubhouse, shared by all residents of Traverse, is centrally located on the site, and opens up to a common open green space on the north side. This building serves as a communal space, blending the indoors and outdoors through transparencies and openings. People can cook together in the demonstration kitchen, work out in the fitness room, have movie nights in the theater, or just have a place to relax in the lounge.
Traverse embraces the walkability of the city, and will integrate meandering forested paths throughout the site with furniture, a BBQ area, a playground for children, and a large central green space for recreational use.