Trailside Student Living, Phase 2
The overarching goal of the Trailside Student Living, Phase 2 project is to create an inviting home for students attending the University of Washington.
Weber Thompson provided architecture and interior design services for the student-targeted Trailside Phase 2 project in Seattle, WA.
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Trailside Phase 2 Architecture
As the second building in the Trailside Student Living development, our designers worked from the design concept for the first building, to ensure continuity of form and function between the two phases.
The building’s materiality was specifically selected to help reduce the bulk and scale of the project to create a sense of harmony with its wooded trail backdrop. Two “front doors” to the project, one along the trail and one along 24th Street, allow multiple points of entry. Easy access to the trail was a given for the project, which gives students miles and miles of trails to explore when they’re not cramming for exams or hanging out with friends.
Embracing An Outdoor Lifestyle
The Trailside development is a celebration of the PNW’s natural beauty and outdoor culture. While the project embraces its adjacency to Seattle’s most beloved trail, it also offers enjoyable outdoor spaces within the premises. The architecture carefully cradles these outdoor zones to offer a sense of prospect and refuge, much like a favorite campground site.
Trailside Phase 2 Interior Design
Trailside 2 is the second building of the Trailside Campus and is a conceptual continuation of the Trailside 1 design concept, transitioning from the mountains to the city. Trailside 2 speaks to the mountaintop experience with brighter colors, higher contrasts, and more textural materials.
Home is where the hearth is
A cozy fireplace welcomes residents at the main entry into the building. This ground level space offers a variety of flexible spaces for studying, relaxing, and gathering.
The second floor community kitchen and media lounge open up to a shared roof deck with game tables, barbeques, and landscaping.
Other amenity spaces feature a range of open, semi-enclosed, and fully enclosed spaces to accommodate different studying needs. Study cubes allow groups to meet in a smaller scale semi-enclosed space while allowing natural daylighting to pass through to the study spaces beyond.
Trailside Phase 2 in the News
Second Phase of 185-Unit Trailside Student Housing Project in Seattle’s U-District Greenlighted at Early Design Guidance Meeting
September 16, 2019