Integrating Woonerfs into two new townhome projects

NK’s recently announced multifamily townhome projects in Columbia City, in partnership with Quadrant Homes, incorporate a special community building feature called a Woonerf.  By definition, a Woonerf is a living street where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over motorists.

The first Woonerf was developed by the Dutch in the 1960’s when residents were upset with cut-through traffic speeding through their neighborhood. They removed the brick street and replaced it with winding serpentine paths.


 Photo from The New York Times Article “Where Share the Road is Taken Literally”

Our application of the Woonerf concept reprioritizes the drive court space in each of these projects to put a primary emphasis on creating outdoor shared community space for residents and, secondarily, a space for cars to enter garages.



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