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Spokane Municipal Code

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Title 17C
Chapter 17C.124
Section 17C.124.530

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.124 Downtown Zones

Section 17C.124.530 Articulation – Building Design

  1. Purpose.
    To reduce the massiveness of larger buildings.
  2. Articulation Implementation.

    1. Facades longer than fifty feet shall be broken down into smaller units through the use of offsets, recesses, staggered walls, stepped walls, pitched or stepped rooflines, overhangs and other elements of the building’s mass. Simply changing materials or color is not sufficient to accomplish this. (R)

    2. Articulation shall be provided along facades visible from the street, as well as from neighboring residential areas. (P)



A change in the materials used along
the façade along with window shades
and belt course, reduces the perceived
mass of large buildings.


A recessed entry, balconies, canopies, a change in
materials, and window patterns all add to articulation
of the façade.

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ordinance C34522 Section 1