Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Art Stable by OLSON KUNDIG ARCHITECTS
October 30th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: OLSON KUNDIG ARCHITECTS
An urban infill project in Seattle’s rapidly developing South Lake Union neighborhood, Art Stable is built on the site of a former horse stable. The seven-story mixed-use building carries its working history into the future with highly adaptable live/work units.
Both front and back elevations of the building are active. The alley-facing façade features an 80-foot 5-inch tall hinge topped by a davit crane and five steel-clad, hand-cranked doors that cover nearly a third of the façade. The system references a warehousing tradition in how it moves oversize objects into the building.
On the street side, large hinged windows provide natural ventilation throughout the units. The building draws upon the architectural concepts of prospect and refuge, transposed to an urban setting.
Units are designed to accommodate flexibility in use and changes over time, and are zoned for both residential and commercial use. The shell and core of the building are built to last over 100 years.
Geothermal loops were inserted into the building’s structural piles, resulting in an innovative and highly energy-efficient radiant heating and cooling system. This is one of the first times this type of geothermal system has been used in this country.
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