Design Details: Colorful Façade

Seattle’s lively Pine/Pike corridor used to be known as that town’s “Auto Row,” so for a condo project located there, the architects took color cues from classic cars of the 1950s. Project: 1111 East Pike, Seattle; Architect: Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle; Builder: Charter Construction, Seattle

Located in a recovering blight zone in Los Angeles, this family housing project gives its residents an affordable place to live with safe community space. Project: Seasons at Compton, Compton, Calif.; Architect: Nardi Associates, Monrovia, Calif.; Builder: Advent Companies, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

The project’s bright colors, inspired by African batik fabrics, make the building’s façade quilt-like and the public spaces cheerful. Project: Armstrong Place, San Francisco; Architect: David Baker Partners, San Francisco; Builders: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors, San Francisco; Roberts Obayashi Corporation, Danville, Calif.

Armstrong Place includes family and senior housing with access to transit, open green spaces, and a car-share pool. Project: Armstrong Place, San Francisco; Architect: David Baker Partners, San Francisco; Builders: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors, San Francisco; Roberts Obayashi Corporation, Danville, Calif.

This site used to contain an abandoned; dilapidated housing project; but a new street grid was created to reconnect the project with the rest of the city; complete with inviting community space. Project: Franklin Hill; Dorchester; Mass.; Architect: DHK Architects; Boston; Builder: CWC Builders; Newton; Mass.

A multicolored palate helps this mix of buildings stay coherent.; The homes meld with each other; as well as with the weave of the city.; Project: Franklin Hill; Dorchester; Mass.; Architect: DHK Architects; Boston; Builder: CWC Builders; Newton; Mass.

In a northern Dallas suburb, a bright red column anchors this mid-rise. The project is mixed-use, with lofts, apartments, townhomes, and retail. Project: Austin Ranch, The Colony, Dallas; Architect: JHP Architecture/Urban Design, Dallas; Builder: Westwood Residential, Plano, Texas

Before this colorful project became affordable housing, it was an ugly storage dump for neighborhood runoff. Home to seniors 60 and older, the project is LEED Platinum certified, with grocery shopping, a park, a hospital, and the post office within half a mile. Project: Magnolia Court, Manteca, Calif.; Architect: Studio E Architects, San Diego; Developer: Affirmed Housing Group, San Diego; Builder: BOGC Inc., Scotts Valley, Calif.

Originally developed by artists, the project’s color-blocked metal siding lets you know that these are no ordinary townhomes. Project: Magnolia Lofts, Seattle, Wa.; Architect: Matthew Stannard, Seattle, Wa.; Developer: Residential Seattle, Seattle, Wa.; Builder: Mark Horiuchi, Seattle, Wa.,

The stenciled-metal wall is meant to buffer freeway noise, but it also adds texture and vibrant color to this housing project, which helps individuals transition out of homelessness. Project: New Hope at Brays Crossing, Houston; Architect: Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects, Houston; Builder: Camden Builders, Inc., Houston

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