I've been having some interesting conversations about architecture and design lately. And while I often hate seeing spaces that hold sentimental value be replaced by high-rises - R.I.P. Bauhaus and B & O Espresso on Capitol Hill - I love some of the things that are being done with multifamily housing plus commercial space these days. A great example of this is Assembly Hall at Via6, another delicious and brilliant spot brought to us by Seattle food gem Tom Douglas. After hearing so many great things about the ambience, the food options, and the way that residential and commercial space blends together seamlessly, I finally had a chance to spend an afternoon taking it all in.
Assembly Hall is on the ground floor of Via6, a residential building on the corner of 6th and Lenora. The space feels like a lively urban marketplace, with the building lobby flowing right into Assembly Hall Juice and Coffee, TanakaSan, Home Remedy, and finishing out the block with Velo Bike Shop and Bishops Barbershop. You can grab a juice then shop for your favorite magazine, a birthday card that you almost forgot to pick up for your dad, that perfect succulent for your desk, or an adorable crafting kit from Seattle's own Assemble Shop & Studio. I love the energy of the space and fantasize about what it would be like to pop down from my top-floor apartment and spend my day coworking in one of the communal spaces with other location-independent professionals.
If I lived at Via6, I'm sure I'd have many dinners made up of prepared foods from Tom Douglas restaurants that are available at Home Remedy. The afternoon I was there I tried a delicious pretzel bagel sandwich from Assembly Hall Juice and Coffee. I just found about the Vietnamese coffee-chocolate layer cake from TanakaSan. Obviously, I have to go back for that.