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Olympic View House in Washington by BC&J Architecture

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Article source: BC&J Architecture

The Olympic View House house is a two story home designed for a couple newly retired from careers in academia on the East Coast of the United States. The site constraints included steep slopes, drainfield setbacks and a zoning variance. The resultant building footprint reflects these constraints in a manner which ultimately accommodated the Owner’s goals for the house. The house is 2,700 sf and includes all main floor living for day to day functions for aging in place. The upper floor consists of a media area, office, piano and guest bed/bath rooms.

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  • Architects: BC&J Architecture
  • Project: Olympic View House 
  • Location: Washington, USA

Shadowboxx in Lopez Island, Washington by Olson Kundig Architects

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Article source: Olson Kundig Architects

Shadowboxx responds to a desire to facilitate an intimate understanding of its setting and explores the tradition of gathering around a fire. The site for this island retreat is a remote, windy point of land in the San Juan Islands in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Tucked between a thicket of trees and a rising bank, the house angles toward the bluff with its fifty-foot drop to the sea and view of the Olympic Mountains beyond.

Image Courtesy © Michael Burns 

  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Project: Shadowboxx
  • Location: Lopez Island, Washington , USA
  • Photography: Michael Burns, Tim Bies, Kevin Scott, Benjamin Benschneider
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, design principal; Jon Gentry, LEED AP, project manager
  • Contractor: Krekow Jennings
  • Consultants: MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineering); VIEKMAN (interior design); Turner Exhibits (gizmo engineering); Bird Electric (electric engineering); CIP Plumbing & Heating (mechanical engineering)

Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room & World Headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington by Olson Kundig Architects

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Article source: Olson Kundig Architects

Winemaker Charles Smith approached our firm to design a new tasting room and office space that would match his rock and roll style. His approach to wine is captured by his trademark phrase: “It’s just booze – drink it!” The design team, led by Tom Kundig, was inspired by Charles’s in-your-face attitude to create a raw space that highlights the original aesthetics of the building while inserting highly flexible pieces, including a large unit dubbed the Armadillo. The resulting space can transform from an office, tasting room and retail store into a dining and entertainment venue.

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  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Project: Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room & World Headquarters
  • Location: Walla Walla, Washington
  • Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, design principal; Les Eerkes, AIA, project manager; Chris Gerrick, LEED AP, project architect 
  • Contractor: Schuchart Corporation 
  • Consultants: Spearhead (fabricator); Turner Exhibits (gizmo engineer); KL&A Structural Engineers (structural engineer)
  • Completed: 2011
  • Size: 5,000 SF
  • Software used: Revit and Photoshop

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Charles Smith Wines is located in downtown Walla Walla in the former Johnson Auto Electric building, constructed in 1917. The shell of the building—with original brick walls, wood trusses and a concrete floor—received minor structural updates but was otherwise left raw. The team highlighted the automotive history of the building by replacing garage doors with two custom, hand-cranked pivot doors that completely open the space to the street and form an awning for outdoor seating.

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The concept of the drive-thru was important in the development of the design. Elements of the design, like the prefabricated Armadillo are “parked” within the space; other elements transform as needed, including floating “rafts” that serve as a seating area/stage, tasting tables that dock together to form a dining table, and a sliding panel that can function as a video screen. Vehicles—including delivery vans or taco trucks for catering—can literally drive through the space.

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The Armadillo is a 70 foot long shell, measuring 12 feet high by 20 feet wide. It contains a conference room and workspaces for 14 people, including a semi-enclosed office space for Charles Smith and an enclosed space for accounting. L-shaped steel panels slide along the side and top of the structure, alternately opening it up to views of the tasting room and natural light from above or shutting it down for security and privacy. The panels also serve as a backdrop for Charles Smith Wines’ strong graphics, and are lined with cork in the inside, serving as an impromptu pin-up area. The design team collaborated with fabricators from Spearhead to design the structure as well as the custom furniture within it. Pieces were fabricated offsite and quickly assembled within the building, cutting down on construction time.

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Awards Received
2013 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture
2012 AIA Seattle Honor Award
2012 IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter INaward, People’s Choice
2012 Washington Main Street Program Awards, Outstanding Design or Rehabilitation Project Award

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Bread for the City in Washington, DC by Wiebenson & Dorman Architects

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Article source: Wiebenson & Dorman Architects

Bread for the City offers five program services to low-income residents of Washington, DC: food and clothing distribution, primary medical care, legal advice and representation, and comprehensive social services. All services are free of cost to eligible DC residents, and are provided under one roof in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

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University of District of Columbia Student Center in Washington, DC by Marshall Moya Design

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Article source: Marshall Moya Design

Marshall Moya Design in association with Cannon Design worked together to create the new UDC Student Center, with an expected completion in the Fall of 2013. This project incorporates a new ground-floor restaurant, meeting spaces, fitness center, and ballroom, all addressing specific needs of the student community. This blend of public and intimate spaces helps to create a haven for these college students, and cater to community needs. The design provides collaborative spaces that will foster and cultivate student relationships and develop school identity. The building will achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status, which recognizes designs in buildings that incorporate sustainable green initiatives.

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  • Architects: Marshall Moya Design
  • Project: University of District of Columbia Student Center
  • Location: Washington, DC

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Nautilus Studio in Redmond, Washington by Calico Studio

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Article source: Calico Studio

Most artists if pressed could produce their work in a bathroom, adapting to their means. Our client wanted a space that would call her to create, while providing a visual connection to her family that could easily be broken and reestablished. We found inspiration in the spirals of the nautilus, sweeping from the main house the studio is tucked in between existing site constraints.

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  • Architects: Calico Studio
  • Project: Nautilus Studio
  • Location: Redmond, Washington

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Restaurant Jaleo in Washington, DC by Capella Garcia Arquitectura

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article source: Capella Garcia Arquitectura

Jaleois a Spanish word that means shindig, fun, racket, hubbub… It’s something positive, festive, good-natured. This is the aim behind the interior design of the new restaurant. What’s more the word jaleo starts with the initial letters of the name José Andrés. So the design of Jaleo is a mixture of the festive spirit and the particular personality of its owner, one of the most daring culinary creators on the planet.

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  • Architects:Capella Garcia Arquitectura
  • Project: Restaurant Jaleo
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Design: Capella Garcia Arquitectura / Juli Capella and Miquel Garcia
  • Collaborator: Lorelay Gazo
  • Local partner: Eric Gronning of ERIC GRONNING ARCHITECTS
  • Jaleo Tapas Bar: by José Andrés
  • Total area: 298 m2 (3,208.69 square feet)
  • Client: José Andrés – Thinkfoodgroup
  • Completion date: August 2012
  • Photographs: Ken Wyner

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625 Rhode Island Avenue in Washington, DC by Suzane Reatig Architecture

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Article source: Suzane Reatig Architecture

One of the main goals for the Bailey Park Apartments was to provide much needed housing sized for families in the heart of the city. Located steps from the Shaw Metro, the site is tapered, with one short side facing the street and one long side bounded by a public alley. The architect determined that increasing the density would make the most of the downtown location and the site. Working closely with city officials, the site was rezoned to replace four dilapidated townhouses with a 16-unit apartment building.

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  • Architects: Suzane Reatig Architecture
  • Project: 625 Rhode Island Avenue
  • Location: 625 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20001
  • Photography: Alan Karchmer
  • Owner: TheUnited House of Prayer for All People
  • Contractor: McCullough Construction
  • Consultants: Tadjer Cohen Edelson, CAS Engineering
  • Project Completion: August 1, 2012

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University of Washington Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building in Washington by ZGF Architects

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Article source: ZGF Architects

The University of Washington desired a facility to accommodate growth in molecular engineering; respond to the evolving interdisciplinary nature of teaching and research;and fit within an area of campus that is home to recently revitalized facilities, as well as traditional campus architecture.

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  • Architects:ZGF Architects
  • Project: University of Washington Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building
  • Location: Washington
  • Software used:
  • Revit – Modeling, MEP coordination, and documentation
  • AutoCAD – Documentation
  • Sketchup – Modeling, Design Review
  • 3D Studio MAX – Renderings
  • eQuest – Energy modeling

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Battery Point Sculpture Trail in Washington, DC by Tasmanian design studio

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Article source: Tasmanian design studio

Futago, a Hobart-based design studio, has won a Merit – one of only ten awarded worldwide – in the 2012 SEGD Global Design Awards. Based in Washington DC, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design is the lead organisation for the global community of professionals working where communication design intersects with the built environment.

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