Outdoor play area and gathering spaces overlooking bus transfer station

Willard Street Apartments: Landscape Architecture


DHIC + Self-Help


Architecture, Interiors, Landscape Architecture, Planning

Project Size

82 units

5,000 sf retail

Completion Date


Construction Type

Type V over Type I


Standout Elevated Plaza Promotes Inclusion.

Durham, NC

Quality outdoor amenities in affordable housing communities are not a luxury; they are a necessity. The landscape architecture services offered by Cline for Willard Street Apartments are instrumental in improving the functionality, aesthetics, and long-term sustainability of the complex, benefitting residents with incomes below the area’s median income for years to come.


2022 Space Award for Top Mixed-Use Development

Triangle Business Journal

2022 North Carolina Housing Award

North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

2022 Champion Award for Community Enhancement


Elevated courtyard greenspace with lady walking dog

A standout feature is the secure, elevated plaza at its center. This plaza not only serves as a communal gathering space but also offers awe-inspiring views of downtown Durham. The plaza, which sits atop the structured parking deck, includes a playground for children, a covered picnic shelter for gatherings, benches for relaxation, grilling stations for outdoor cooking, and a multi-purpose turf area for recreational activities.

Outdoor play area and gathering spaces overlooking bus transfer station