The Carter on the Park is re-shaping an under-utilized section of downtown Redmond to bring a perfect balance of urban living and a connection to nature. The project was inspired by Dudley Carter, a renowned artist and wood carver. It provides the opportunity to tell the story of Mr. Carter through building massing, exterior architectural expression, interior design concepts and art selection. Particularly noteworthy is the concept of carving. Multi-colored cement board paneling creates the “bark” of a tree that is then “carved,” revealing red slices at the soffits and walls as the façade cuts back to reveal T&G cedar and lap siding.
Large parking requirements and a high-water table created challenges, but the project used this restriction to create a large central courtyard with an urban forest and a Rookery Overlook to connect residents to the adjacent city park – a former Heron Rookery - and bike path. The City also requires a large amount of bike parking, enclosed here in an airy space faced by large scale louvers that front a pedestrian court leading to the park. Proud to be LEED Gold certified, The Carter is the result of thoughtful collaboration between the owner, designers, engineers and contractors.