Location: North Seattle

Theme: Design/Build

Partner(s): LMN Architects, Olson Kundig

Lead: Sarah Smith

the finished salish house

Sawhorse’s all-women’s program engaged 12 youth and five professional builders, all female-identified, in building the gorgeous Salish House. In June 2018, the team put the finishing touches on this unique student-designed tiny home, which was delivered to the first all-women’s tiny house for homeless village, sanctioned by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Teen girls from schools all over Seattle banded together to draft this design and execute it, guided by mentors from Olson Kundig and LMN Architects. Students drew their inspiration from a visit to a tiny house village and tailored the design to fit the needs and desires of people experiencing homelessness. Highlights include a “circle window,” a built-in interior with a desk, storage, bed, and closet, and a cheerful red door to welcome residents home.