Located in the emerging Central District of Seattle, Stencil injects an artistic sense of place into the streetscape. Mindful of the funky nature of its context, Stencil’s 39 apartment units, 2 retail spaces, and 2 live-work units strive to complement, rather than replace, the existing character. Small business incubators and places to gather and play line the streetscape, with space to spill out into the bustling sidewalk realm. Lush new landscaping flanks the sidewalks, joining existing street trees retained by the project. Rusted metal siding and natural cedar lend a soft industrial character as a counterpoint to the polished gentrification occurring in other adjacent neighborhoods, while stencil art is laser-cut into the siding, proving Stencil doesn’t take itself too seriously.