Africatown Plaza’s undulating façade takes shape in Central District

June 21, 2023 / Seattle DJC

Africatown Plaza, an affordable housing development, scheduled to be completed later this fall, will bring 126 affordable homes, 2,000 sf of office space, and 2,500 sf of retail space for local businesses to Seattle’s Central District.

The project features a unique wood-clad undulating façade on its western corner. GGLO, which designed the building in collaboration with David Baker Architects, said the architecture will “express Afrocentric design principals” and be a visual statement of “the Black American presence within the neighborhood.” Other portions of the façade will be adorned with a bright, traditionally African, pattern. Additional design cues include irregular wooden fencing used in Burkina Faso, basketry, and textiles.

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