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OS House in Racine, Washington, USA by Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Located in an old downtown neighborhood in Racine, Wisconsin, this house for a young family demonstrates how a small, sustainable residence built with a moderate budget can fit into a rust belt city suffering from decades of economic decline.

Image Courtesy Johnsen Schmaling Architects

  • Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
  • Project: OS House
  • Location: 1761 South Main Street, Racine, Washington  53403, USA
  • Project Owner: Robert Osborne and Vera Scekic
  • Project Completion Date: March, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Undeveloped Land
  • Project Type: Residential – Single-Family attached
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 1,940 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New

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LOTT Clean Water Alliance in Olympia, Washington by The Miller Hull Partnership

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership

Making the invisible visible

While most sewage treatment plants are invisible to their communities and separated by a chain link fence, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Service Center is a visible and active participant in the public life of Washington’s capital city. The LOTT Clean Water Alliance provides Class A reclaimed water and emphasizes water conservation through a strong community outreach program, in addition to providing wastewater treatment services to 85,000 people in four local communities. The new facility, located on the site of its existing Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, brings all management and staff together in one location. The facility includes three major elements:

-a renovated 7,700 ft2 water quality laboratory

-a new 21,300 ft2 office

-a 3,500 ft2 education and technology center

Image Courtesy The Miller Hull Partnership

  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Project: LOTT Clean Water Alliance
  • Location: Olympia, Washington, USA
  • Project Completion Date: July, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Laboratory,Mixed – Use, Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 32,500 square feet
  • Other Building Description: New
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded:$13,500,000.00

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Federal Center South Building 1202 in Seattle, Washington by ZGF Architects LLP

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Article source: ZGF Architects LLP

Federal Center South Building 1202 is the result of responding to both the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which focused on improving our nation’s infrastructure and creating jobs, and the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Design Excellence program which was established to procure the nation’s best architects in order to achieve the most innovative and high performance design in federal government building projects.

Image courtesy ZGF Architects LLP

  • Architects: ZGF Architects LLP
  • Project: Federal Center South Building 1202
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Project Owner: General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Project Completion Date: September, 2012
  • Project Type:
    Office – 100,001 or greater
    Public Safety – General
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 209,000 square feet
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $65,000,000.00

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Renovation in Washington by atelierjones

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Article source:  atelierjones

The project is a renovation of and design of a new entry addition to an iconic mid-century Northwest Modernist church, designed by Steinhart/Theriault in 1962. The worn 50 year old structure required a new liturgical space for gatherings around a new full-immersion baptismal artist-designed font, as well as accessibility, structural and energy upgrades. Careful choices about stripping away the years of accumulated renovations that had marred the powerful space were required.

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer 

  • Architects: atelierjones
  • Project: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Renovation
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Photography: Lara Swimmer
  • Design Team: Susan Jones, Brian Gerich, Kristin Saunders, Greg Bishop, Audrey van Horne, Roma Shah
  • Building Committee: Melissa Skelton, Adam Conley, Denise Crawford, Ellen Hill, John Hill, Ralph Karskadden, d, Catherine Reid, Daryl Schlick, Mark Taylor
  • Owner’S Representative: Larry Brouse
  • Original 1962 Architect: Robert Theirault, AIA, d.
  • Lighting Design: Carol DePelecyn studio
  • Civil Engineers: Laurie Pfarr, Steve Hatzenbueler
  • Structural Engineers: Jim Harriott, Harriott, Valentine Engineers
  • General Contractor: Loch Anderson, John Hall, Paul Wasell, Foushee Contractors
  • Storefront Installation: Bill Joy
  • Software used: AutoCAD

The Upper Room in Washington, DC by Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Located in the upper room of an ambiguous row house along a typical street within the anonymous grid of a Washington DC neighborhood, the aspiration is a micro-expression of modern space and life as spectacle. The program takes a 650 square foot floor space and designs a master bedroom suite including bed area, closet, reading nook, and bathroom. To do this, all interior walls were removed to free this turn-of-the-century home’s compartmentalized space.

Bedroom looking towards the bathroom : Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography 

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.

Image Courtesy BC&J Architecture 

  • 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.

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

  • 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

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

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.

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

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.

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

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.

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

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

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

Image Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

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.

Image Courtesy © John Cole

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.

Image Courtesy Marshall Moya Design

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

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