Posts Tagged ‘Washington’
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Article source: Graham Baba Architects
The first half of the 20th-century was a time of growth and dignity for downtown Yakima. Presidents Roosevelt and Taft visited the emerging agricultural center where the main street featured fountains, grand theaters, and stately, multi-story brick-and-masonry buildings. By mid-century, however, most of these structures had been demolished to make way for parking lots as businesses struggled to keep their downtown relevant and residents fled to the suburbs.
Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer
- Architects: Graham Baba Architects
- Project: Cowiche Canyon Kitchen and Ice Bar
- Location: Yakima, Washington, USA
- Photography: Lara Swimmer, Jenn LaFreniere
- Software used: Autocad, Google SketchUp
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
Article source: Olson Kundig
The vision behind the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is to educate, inspire, and motivate people through storytelling—sharing the work of others who are focused on improving the lives of people around the globe. Through interactive exhibits, visitors can investigate some of the challenges facing the world, learn how people are tackling those problems, and explore their own ideas and solutions to challenges that matter to them.
Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Article source: atelierjones
The challenge was to convert a typical multi-tenant office space into a space capable of creating awe. To do this, the architects had to bring life to the existing beige box by breaking it open and allowing the diffuse Northwest light filter in. Historically, light has played a significant role in marking a transcendent space, and this design captures the richness of indirect, cast light reflected off natural surfaces. For the new Bellevue First Congregational Church, the new soaring sanctuary is filled with this indirect light, which subtly changes throughout the day and seasons.
Image Courtesy © atelierjones
- Architects: atelierjones (Susan Jones)
- Project: Bellevue First Congregational Church
- Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
- Software used: Sketchup, Rhino, Autocad
Sunday, October 9th, 2016
Article source: Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG)
A six-year fundraising, location search, design and build program culminated in April 2016 with the completion of KEXP 90.3 FM Radio’s 25,000 sq. ft. $15 million state-of-the-art broadcast/live production complex. Nestled in the shadow of Seattle Center’s iconic Space Needle, KEXP remains an essential part of Seattle’s legendary music scene, and epitomizes Public Radio’s stature within the local, national and global radio/Internet listening community. Funding for the complex was raised by a successful on-air campaign and augmented by foundation, corporate, local entrepreneur and local government support. KEXP is a Public Broadcast Station in the truest sense of the word.
KEXP Exterior, Image Courtesy © Bittermann
Friday, September 30th, 2016
Article source: Dwell Development LLC
Dwell Development LLC, a Seattle-based sustainable residential developer, is pleased to introduce the completion of a 5-Star Built Green Home in Downtown Kirkland. As the only residential developer in Seattle that exclusively builds Built Green 5-Star certified homes, the Dwell Development team decided to cross the Lake with their newest project to up the ante for sustainable building on the Eastside. The 3,900 square-foot home is the result of a conscious and skillful blend of energy efficient building techniques and reclaimed materials.
Image Courtesy © Tucker English
- Architects: Dwell Development LLC
- Project: 5-Star Green Home
- Location: 325 6th Ave Kirkland, Washington, USA
- Photography: Tucker English
- Architect: Medici Architects
- Contractor: Dwell NW
- Structural Engineer: Hodge Engineering
- Square Footage: 3,900
Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Article source: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
The Metropole is a sleek, new, urban condo development positioned on a prominent corner in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. The seven-story building comprises 90 residences.
Image Courtesy © Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Article source: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Mundo Verde is a bilingual, sustainability-focused public charter school located in the District of Columbia. The school’s curriculum is based in expeditionary learning, where students learn through the active exploration of the world around them. Awarded a shuttered 1920s-era school building and site by the District in 2013, Mundo Verde had a direct question for the design team: “How can this redevelopment and addition project teach our students to be global stewards?”
Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography (Anice Hoachlander)
- Architects: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
- Project: Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School Campus
- Location: Washington, DC, USA
- Photography: Hoachlander Davis Photography (Anice Hoachlander)
- Area: 47,229 ft² / 4,388 m²
- Project: 2013 – 2015
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Article source: Dwell Development
We’ve featured Dwell Development a number of times for its forward-thinking, green homes. Now, however, it has upped the ante with the completion of a 42-home sustainable micro-community. The houses at New Rainier Vista all boast unique designs and have been built with the potential for net zero-energy living.
Image Courtesy © Dwell Development
- Architects: Dwell Development
- Project: Cork Haus
- Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
- Conditioned Area: 1664 sq. ft.
- Conditioned Volume: 14976 cubic ft.
- Bedrooms: 2
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership
When it opened in 1966, the Renton Public Library was an engineering feat. With pre-cast concrete and wood truss joists creating a stunning 80-foot central span across Washington State’s Cedar River and active salmon habitat, the library is beloved by generations of families and community members. Preservation of this community treasure was a clear priority for the project, but, by 2015, the library’s envelope was deteriorating and not in line with current energy codes. The structural system and chief design element did not measure up to current seismic standards, nor could it handle potential soil liquefaction.
Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer
- Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
- Project: Renton Public Library
- Location: Renton, Washington, US
- Photography: Lara Swimmer
- Owner: King County Library System
- Acoustical Design: Sparling (Stantech)
- Cost Estimate: Roen & Associates
- Engineer – Civil: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
- Engineer – Electrical: Sparling (Stantec)
- Engineer – Geotechnical: GeoEngineers, Inc.
- Engineer – Mechanical/Plumbing: PAE Consulting Engineers
- Engineer – Structural: Coughlin Porter Lundeen (more…)
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Article source: Olson Kundig
Situated in a dense forest within the bend (and within earshot) of the nearby Tye River, this meditative retreat connects to the nature that surrounds it. As Tom Kundig describes it, \”Here, you are exposed to the wildness of where you are, to the wildness of this place.\”
Image Courtesy © Tim Bies/Olson Kundig
- Architects: Olson Kundig
- Project: TYE RIVER CABIN
- Location: SKYKOMISH, WASHINGTON, U.S.A.
- Photography: Tim Bies/Olson Kundig
- Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, Design Principal; Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, Project Architect; Garin Schenk, Project Staff.
- Contractor: Schuchart/Dow Construction.
- Consultants: MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineering); O-LLC (lighting); Maryika Byskiniewicz (interior design).
- Size: 625 square feet, plus 625 square feet of garage and storage space.
- 2009 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Honor Awards, Merit Award
- 2007 AIA National Housing Committee Awards, Committee Award
- 2007 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards, American Architecture Award
- 2006 AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Merit Award