cook inlet housing authority Strawberry Village
"Residents enjoy personalized and identifiable spaces such as front porches that are part of a larger community and take pride in their upkeep."
Client: Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Architects: KPB Architects
Developer: Venture Development Group, LLC
Contractor: Neeser Construction, Inc.
Structural Engineer: PN&D, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: RBA Engineers, Inc.
Civil Engineer: PTS, Inc.
Landscape Designer: Northwest Landscape
Energy Consultant: Heat Loss Analysis, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: EIC Consulting Engineers
Designed in response to Cook Inlet Housing Authority’s vision statement, Strawberry Village Cottages draw on outdoor spaces, simple forms and vibrant color to accomplish “Independence through Housing.”
KPB's solution was to pull apart a typical multi-story apartment building and create 60 stand-alone, single family housing units and one common building in a pedestrian-friendly setting. Residents enjoy personalized and identifiable spaces such as front porches that are part of a larger community and take pride in their upkeep. Arrangement of units on the site forms neighborhood green pockets throughout the village.
This approach allows windows on all four sides of the buildings for daylight to reach interior spaces. In response to a restrictive budget, traditional builder grade materials like T-111 were used, augmented with playful details, forms and color. Three different unit types and a rotating color palette make each unit and neighborhood unique within the context of the development.