Amara Sanctuary

Seattle, Washington

PUBLIC47 designed Phase 3 on the Amara campus, the Harnish House — a new sanctuary building for on-site, emergency, transitional care for children that have suddenly been removed from their homes by law enforcement or Child Protective Services, and have no place to go. The Sanctuary Program provides a temporary home to those kids, giving them a safe place to land while families and state social workers find the best long term option for the child. The building is a 4,400-sf, two-story facility for Amara’s children services along with the emergency sanctuary and playground. The building has a vegetated roof and includes a storm-water retention system.

To learn more about Amara’s Emergency Sanctuary Program, see this video.


“PUBLIC47 helped us salvage a building that we thought was useless. Now, we’re back to have them help with Phase III of our campus plan. They are very talented, they are easy to work with, and they are humble.  In short, a delightful combination of skills and presence–and a tremendous partner. “

John Morse, Executive Director of Amara

“As an adult, I loved the charm of the old Beacon Hill home that was previously used for the sanctuary. Now that I have volunteered at the new sanctuary, I can see that the kids love the space. They just seem so energized by it.”

Veteran Amara Sanctuary volunteer