Assembly 118

Seattle, WA

Located in one of Seattle’s most diverse zip codes, Assembly 118 celebrates a mix of culture with vibrant colors and convenient access to the light rail station (LINK Light Rail Othello Station) right outside its door only steps away. Assembly 118 features a collection of studio, one- and two-bedroom units, along with commercial, townhouse and live-work spaces, with an emphasis on providing a fully engaging urban experience.

The design creates an interwoven, transit-oriented residential and retail center for the growing Othello neighborhood in south Seattle. Following an open “market” concept, the public area at street-level revolves around a two-story space with an open mezzanine overlooking the retail and commercial functions. This open-air concept offers small businesses a wide variety of opportunities to engage with both residents and patrons from the community, serving their needs with a coffee kiosk, local corner market, or family-owned restaurant. It also serves as a ‘back door’ entry, allowing easy access to a large bicycle parking room and dedicated facilities for bike washing.

In order to actively incorporate the larger scale of the two buildings into the existing community, the open area between them defines a retail plaza that divides the building’s length along South Othello Street. This open plaza is designed to encourage gathering and public art installations. In addition to the main entries placed at the building corners, individual storefronts provide flexibility for tenants, as well as varied visual interest for pedestrians at street level.

The site’s immediate proximity to the neighboring LINK Light Rail station ensures continuous activity at all hours, both during the day and at night. Accents from the neighborhood’s welcoming “Hello Othello” theme and palette are woven into the façade to help create an intrinsic sense of belonging within Othello Town Center. The live-work units along the public-facing west edge provide an appealing human scale for passersby and the community. This attention to scale and connection is reflected on the site’s eastern side, with two-story townhouses and street level entries creating a rhythm that flows seamlessly into the everyday activity of Othello Playground.

Winner of the Emerald Award’s New Development of the Year for 2018, Assembly 118 is built on the idea of creating and fostering a strong community. Providing a ground-level lobby and amenity areas throughout, including a grand fireplace, numerous lounge areas, an entertainment/activity room, and a rooftop greenspace with shared planting garden, helps to create the building’s communal atmosphere.


4200 & 4222 S Othello St. Seattle, WA 98108

• 7 stories
• 233,586 SF residential
• 8,507 SF commercial space
• 7,427 SF live / work space
• 351 units
• 267 parking spaces

Completion: 2018

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