2016 MFE AwardsBest Amenity: GrandAMLI South Lake Union WorkshopGGLO
AMLI South Lake Union - Workshop

Apartment units often don’t have enough space for residents to dive into their DIY passions. But at AMLI Residential’s South Lake Union Phase II building in Seattle, there’s not one, but two, “raw maker spaces” available on the ground floor where renters can tinker away.

Project Details

Location: Seattle
Developer: AMLI Residential
Architect: GGLO
Builder: Rafn Co.
Completion Date: November 2015

After learning that their introspective residents were interested in hands-on experiences, the developers at AMLI wanted to create a space for physical hobbies in the second phase of the property. Whether a resident is attempting a new creative venture, honing a craft, or doing something as simple as assembling furniture, a workshop and utility kitchen provide creative spaces for any sort of at-home project.

The Maker Space is a plywood-clad workshop complete with a 12-foot-long workbench and a variety of tools, including workshop vacuums and air compressors. The workbench also has a large sink installed and lockers available below. A large window illuminates the room with natural light. Additional, collapsible tables and a spacious open studio allow residents to work on anything from building an Ikea dresser to reupholstering a thrift-store chair.

The utility kitchen offers more space for cooking projects. The industrial-style kitchen has a glass cooktop, a large hooded vent, and a window that opens into the lobby with a seating table beneath to encourage interaction between tenants. The space provides opportunities for a number of food-related ventures, like canning, home brewing, or even putting on a cooking show.

The building offers a new opportunity for Seattle residents to engage in low-tech craft without the drawbacks of living in an urban apartment setting.