The designers sited the two buildings on the triangular-shaped lot to create a strong street edge and enclose a dynamic community courtyard. Tenants enter off the street and parking lot to flow-through breezeways that provide connection and permeability from front to back. Orienting the larger three-story building to the North, and the smaller two-story building to the South maximizes sunlight into the courtyard and units. Existing Douglas Fir trees at the corner were preserved to maintain the context of large trees that create a unique identity along 202nd Avenue. The courtyard offers residents a variety of seating areas, as well as a playground.
The massing employs clear forms and strong vertical proportions. A simple and crisp material and color palette is elevated with a few elegant details and large corner windows. Deep window frames add depth to the facade. Slim steel canopies mark unit entries along the street.
The Douglas Grove apartments have units with open floor plans and large corner windows that provide light-filled living areas. Bright and neutral interiors make for a warm and inviting atmosphere.