Place of Hidden Waters

“This project is not only protecting mother earth, it is transforming lives. The design encourages community interaction. Our tenants are gardening, cooking, learning, praying, and living in concert together, like we have done for generations.”

      Annette Bryan, Puyallup Nation Housing Authority Executive Director

The Place of Hidden Waters seeks to demonstrate a new model in culturally and environmentally responsible housing for the Puyallup Tribe and Pacific Northwest region. This project consists of 20 new units of housing built in two phases, the renovation of and addition to an adjacent community building/gymnasium, and energy efficiency upgrades to 26 existing townhomes. Intended as a prototype to be replicated at other sites on the reservation, the new housing structures are designed to emulate the shed-roofed form of a traditional Salish longhouse, using a variation of the modern courtyard townhouse building. Like a traditional longhouse, they feature central, linear common areas for gathering and circulation to private dwelling areas. The project achieved LEED for Homes Platinum certification, and was awarded both the LEED for Homes 2012 Project of the Year as well as a 2013 SEED award for Excellence in Public Interest Design.

  • Client: Puyallup Tribal Housing Authority
  • Location: Tacoma, Washington
  • Year of Completion: 2013
  • Project Size: 20 new townhomes, 26 renovated townhomes, gymnasium renovation & addition
  • Type: Community Facilities & Multi-Family Housing