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VILLA BELLEVUE in Washington by Vanessa Pointet

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Article source: Vanessa Pointet

Individual villas have played a particular role in the history of domesticity. They are inevitably the set for the rich and dramatic play of family life whether in fiction or reality. In that sense all villas belong to a very same lineage : a stage for the domestic drama: love, passion, adultery, brotherhood ; the ups and down of family and love stories. Regardless of whether the scenario comes with a happy ending or not, similarities appear in all domestic environments.

Image Courtesy © Vanessa Pointet

Image Courtesy © Vanessa Pointet

  • Architects: Vanessa Pointet
  • Location: Washington


Raisbeck Aviation High School in Washington by bassetti architects

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Article source: bassetti architects

Raisbeck Aviation High School was conceived as a response to Highline School District’s proximity to the aviation industry, a deep desire to give students access to college and engineering professions, and an educational vision that melds hands-on, project-based learning with academic rigor. The new 400-student STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school enables students to flourish through co-location with the Museum of Flight and immersion in aerospace and aviation. The design supports this program physically, visually, and symbolically with project labs for aircraft and robotics construction, state-of-the-art science labs, classrooms, and a multi-purpose gathering space. Even the image of the school reflects its mission with its streamlined, carefully crafted form, inspired by the leading edge of a wing.

Image Courtesy © bassetti architects

Image Courtesy © bassetti architects


Nathan Hale High School Modernization in Seattle, Washington by Mahlum Architects

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Article source: Mahlum Architects

Nathan Hale is a progressive, public high school known for its collaborative, presentation-based curriculum and strong community connection. This significant facility modernization and addition to the 1960’s structure creates a flexible teaching facility that puts student life at the center of the school and unites the campus community.The design allows the building to breathe fresh air and daylight while respecting the existing structural rhythm. Light-filled halls and classrooms, as well the building transparency, express the school’s values and provide a healthy, inspirational environment.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

  • Architects: Mahlum Architects
  • Project: Nathan Hale High School Modernization
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Photography: Benjamin Benschneider



Wednesday, July 9th, 2014


A life-size indoor maze by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is sure to delight its visitors at the National Building Museum in Washington, offering a glimpse into the upcoming BIG exhibition at the Museum in early 2015.

“The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth”, Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.




  • Contractors: Clark Construction, Davis, Glass Construction, GCS Inc., Grunley Construction, Sigal
  • Materials: Home Depot Foundation
  • Cost Estimation: Cumming, VJ Associates
  • Structural Engineering: Robert Silman Associates
  • Live-Streaming Multimedia: Earthcam
  • Support: The American Institute of Architects, STUDIOS Architecture

BIG Credit List

  • Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Kai-Uwe Bergmann
  • Project Leader: Chi-Chi Lin
  • Team: Ziad Shehab, Thea Gasseholm, Annette Miller

National Building Museum Credit List

  • Project Director: Cathy Crane Frankel
  • Master Carpenter: Chris Maclay
  • Team: Lily Feinberg, Mary Hendrickse, Sarah Leavitt, Jamee Telford, Vladimir Zabavskiy


Stud Horse Mountain in Washington by Balance Associates, Architects

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Article source: Balance Associates, Architects

This 3,500 square foot home is located at the end of a ridge overlooking the Methow Valley in Northeast Washington State.

The house is arranged around a courtyard to provide a sheltered area from the exposed location on the ridge. It is separated into four parts, each orientated to different views and solar exposure. A large screen porch forms a connection between the living and sleeping wings to provide an insect free outdoor dining and living space. The shed roofs with cathedral ceilings slope with the contours of the hill to reduce the overall scale and impact to the structure as it is viewed from the valley floor below.

Image Courtesy © Balance Associates, Architects

Image Courtesy © Balance Associates, Architects


Courtyard House in Seattle, Washington by DeForest Architects

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Article source: DeForest Architects

Compressed between a narrow lane and Lake Washington, this project is an exercise in negotiating the competing demands of prospect and refuge. The owners asked for a welcoming modern home with a sense of privacy and seamless connection between indoors and out.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

  • Architects: DeForest Architects
  • Project: Courtyard House
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Photography: Benjamin Benschneider
  • Software used: Autocad and Sketchup
  • Contractor: Prestige Residential Construction
  • Interior Design: NB Design Group
  • Landscape Architects: Allworth Design
  • Structural Engineers: Harriott Valentine Engineers

The Pierre in San Juan Islands, Washington by Olson Kundig Architects

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Article source: Olson Kundig Architects

The owner’s affection for a stone outcropping on her property and the views from its peak inspired the design of this house. Conceived as a bunker nestled in the rock, the Pierre (French for stone) celebrates the materiality of the site. From certain angles, the house—with its rough materials, encompassing stone, green roof, and surrounding foliage—almost completely disappears into nature.

Image Courtesy © Dwight Eschliman

  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Project: The Pierre
  • Location: San Juan Islands, Washington
  • Photography: Dwight Eschliman, Benjamin Benschneider
  • Engineer – Civil: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Engineer – Geotechnical: Associated Earth Sciences
  • Engineer – Structural: MCE Structural Consultants
  • General Contractor: Schuchart, Dow 

Quaker Meeting House and Arts Center, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C by KieranTimberlake

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Article source: KieranTimberlake

Sidwell Friends School, a K-12 Quaker school in Washington, D.C., transformed a 1950s gymnasium into a contemplative space for worship, with additional facilities for art and music instruction. The gymnasium had been used as a makeshift worship space for more than a decade; its location on campus was ideal, its acoustics and architecture were not.

Image Courtesy © Michael Moran Studio

  • Architects: KieranTimberlake
  • Project: Quaker Meeting House and Arts Center, Sidwell Friends School
  • Location: Washington, D.C., U.S.A
  • Photography: Michael Moran Studio
  • Owner: Sidwell Friends School
  • Acoustical Consultant: K2 Audio
  • Client Representative: JFW Project Management
  • Cost Estimator: International Consultants, Inc.
  • Engineer Civil: VIKA, Inc.
  • Engineer Geotechnical: GeoConcepts Engineering, Inc.
  • Engineer MEP: Bruce E. Brooks & Associates
  • Engineer Structural: CVM Engineers
  • General Contractor: The Whiting Turner Contracting Company
  • Landscape Architect: Studio Bryan Hanes
  • Lighting Consultant: ARUP
  • Specifications Consultant: Wilson Consulting
  • Surveyor: A. Morton Thomas and Associates

Odegaard Undergraduate Library in Seattle, Washington by The Miller Hull Partnership

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership

The interior renovation of this library at the University of Washington not only transformed an outmoded 1970s-era building but also reimagined the learning experience for students in the 21st century. The project also recognizes the inherent sustainability in renovation and reuse of a facility versus building new. Removal of the building’s most dominant feature—the imposing central staircase—essentially “found” an additional 6,000 square feet of previously underused space, the equivalent of 36 dorm rooms.

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

  • Architects:The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Project: Odegaard Undergraduate Library
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Photography: Lara Swimmer
  • Owner: University of Washington
  • Contractor: Mortenson Construction 
  • Graphics, Wayfinding: Mayer Reed 
  • Structural: Coughlin Porter Lundeen  

Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle, Washington by OLSON KUNDIG ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014


The Bezos Center for Innovation is a ground breaking exhibition dedicated to the theme of innovation, featuring multimedia, interactive and hands-on experiences as well as artifacts, images and oral histories that explore Seattle’s culture of innovation. Located within The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), the mission behind the Bezos Center is to educate visitors about Seattle’s creative history and ignite the innovator within. The 5,000 square foot exhibit is layered with rich narratives whose interactive nature facilitates discovery and enables visitors to become fully immersed in the creative process. The exhibition begins with the question, “What is innovation?

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

  • Project: Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, U.S.A
  • Project Team: Alan Maskin, design lead; Stephen Yamada-Heidner, AIA, LEEDÒ  AP, managing principal; Marlene, Chen, AIA, LEEDÒ  AP, project manager
  • Exhibit Fabricator: Pacific Studio
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