A BALANCING ACT. We have been involved in a wide range of project types, whether by Hummel Architects or in experience gained by our members from their work in other offices. The core of multi-family work is discovering the balance between number (and size) of units and the project cost—we then can proceed with design that responds appropriately to the market as well as the site-specific clues.

MERCER VILLAGE TOWNHOMES • MERCER ISLAND, WA
Beckes Homes has been a trusted single family builder on Mercer Island for decades and has recently begun venturing into multiple unit developments.  Hummel Architects was involved from an early date, assisting with the rezoning of the two residential plots the development straddles.  We were also closely involved in the work to revise the Mercer Island code to define and allow townhouse development. The site is wooded and sloped, yet must have full emergency services access to all units, leading to the central and perimeter paving shown.  The client intends to keep the number of units low to allow a larger square footage for each; the development has about half the number of allowable units. 

EUROPEAN TOWER CONDOMINIUMS • BELLEVUE, WA
This eighteen story condominium “point tower” has four levels of below-grade parking served by a fully automated automobile parking mechanism, tenant services at the ground and second floors, and one condominium per floor providing near 360º views. The design solution addresses a common problem in urban areas; how to best use the “leftover” lots that traditionally are deemed too small for development.

MOANALUA HILLSIDE APARTMENTS • OAHU, HI
Renovation of an 800-unit apartment complex with 25 concrete block apartment buildings, 10 laundry buildings, and 2 pools with pool buildings on a hillside overlooking Honolulu with sweeping views of Honolulu and Pearl Harbor.
Hummel Architects developed a master plan for a complete renaissance of the complex, giving a sense of entry and identity, incorporating bright color and floral graphics on the buildings. 

ROYAL KUNIA ISLAND CLUB • OAHU, HI
Renovation of an existing 400-unit apartment complex in a developing area of Oahu with views of Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. Hummel developed a master plan for the site to locate security points, decide point sources for leasing information and management and added amenities including a pool, children’s play structures, picnic areas, game courts, a health club and a climbing rock/sculpture in addition to renovation of and new paint schemes for the buildings.

TARADAY DESIGN STUDY • SEATTLE, WA
Hummel often works early in the project to assist the client in selecting number of units, the ratio of housing to retail or other commercial space and even to recommend whether to attempt purchase of adjacent lots or pursue variances to maximize the project potential. The current models for this project include a 22 story high rise or 6 story mid-rise; notice to proceed with design development is anticipated in summer of 2007

KOEHLER CONDOMINIUMS • MERCER ISLAND, WA
Hummel Architects was recommended to this single family builder on Mercer Island by another of our clients who has also recently begun venturing into multiple unit developments.  The design of this three unit condominium development is a result of the sloping site coupled with the restrictions of the Mercer Island land use code. Design will continue in 2007 with construction start anticipated mid to late year.

IMPERIAL CONDOMINIUM CONVERSION• BELLEVUE, WA
The Imperial Apartments was constructed in 1967—Hummel Architects has designed an upgrade and conversion to condominiums while shepherding the project through a complex city and state review process. Interior finish, bathroom and kitchen upgrades combined with exterior color and finish improvements and an extensive courtyard renovation will make the complex a showcase. Construction is underway and is slated for completion in late 2007.