Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

The Marion West

Developed through a unique partnership of the nonprofit housing developer Low Income Housing Institute, YouthCare and the University District Food Bank, The Marion West provides 29 units of workforce housing and 20 units of supportive housing for young adults. Located adjacent to Seattle’s historic University Branch Library, The Marion West’s design respectfully angles back from the street and gestures towards the library’s large public lawn. The building colors represent a modern response to the historic library, with its white base and play of blue-green accents. The building provides space for counseling and on-site employment training for formerly homeless youth, food bank, rooftop urban agriculture and street-side café.


Marion West featured in the DJC
10.27.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Project of the Week.

University Commons opens its doors
6.22.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: LIHI opens 49 units for homeless youth and low income workers in U District.

U District building has food bank below and veggie garden on top
04.28.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Low Income Housing Institute is preparing to open the Marion West building in June at 5019 Roosevelt Way N.E. in Seattle.

Client: Low Income Housing Institute
Status: Completed 2016
Total sf: 37,649 sf
Units: 49