North Bend House / Johnston Architects

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As mountain guides, Scott Schell and Margaret Wheeler are used to the upper reaches of the Cascades. Their site in the foothills above Snoqualmie is not far from work. The 2,100 sqf house, designed by Johnston Architects and built by Tall Tree Construction, accommodates both professional and practical demands, but it also fulfills a deep desire to do what is right.


Architects: Johnston Architects
Location: , Washington,
Partner in Charge: Ray Johnston
Project Architect: Sara Imhoff
Landscape Architect: Scott Schell
Structural Engineer: BTL Engineering
Contractor: Tall Tree Construction
Client: Schell & Wheeler
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Will Austin Photography

South Park Library / Johnston Architects

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The LEED Equivalent South Park Library is a meeting place and focal point for the rich and diverse South Park neighborhood in .  Johnston Architects incorporated the spirit of the community within their design through material choices, colors, and gathering areas such as the courtyard/front porch space for the neighborhood.  Follow the break for a full project description, photographs, and drawings of the library.

Architects: Johnston Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Principal Designer: Ray Johnston
Project Architect: Marc Pevoto
Project Team: Alison Walker Brems
Landscape Architect: Lando & Associates
Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Mechanical Engineer: Ecotope
Electrical Engineer: A.E.S. Inc.
Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Client: King County Library System
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs:  Will Austin Photography

Miner’s Refuge / Johnston Architects

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The Miner’s Refuge, intended as a weekend retreat, is carefully sited at the base of the hillside and tucked into the tree line to take advantage of and preserve the surrounding views. Designed by Johnston Architects its mass is dug into the topography, anchoring the structure to the site. The outdoors is pulled in through dramatic open views. The protected patio and expansive vista of meadow and mountain are incorporated as major components of the design.  More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: Johnston Architects
Location: Mazama, Washington,
Partner in Charge: Ray Johnston
Project Team: Eli Troyke, Christina Haislip, Megan Sheets
Structural Engineer: BTL Engineers
Landscape Architect: Windy Valley Landscaping
Contractor: North Cascades Construction, Inc
Structural Elements/Systems: Alpine Welding
Client: Gaylord & Worthington
Project Area: 1,867 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Will Austin Photography

Footprint at the Bridge / Johnston Architects

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With sweeping views of the Cascades, Lake Union and just blocks from the exciting and eclectic Fremont district, this project consists of seven private town homes with shared underground parking in a cornerstone location.  Sustainable building practices were employed throughout the design process and the project is seeking certification status. Johnston Architects decided that in order to achieve the LEED rating for this project it was imperative to embed sustainable principles into the process from the get-go encompassing both the natural and urban environments while utilizing unique green practices.

Sketches and photographs of Footprint at the Bridge following the break.

Architect: Johnston Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Principal in Charge: Marc Pevoto
Project Team: Ray Johnston, Sara Imhoff
Landscape Architect: Outdoor Studio, LLC
Structural Engineer: BTL Engineers
MEP Engineer: Ecotope
Civil Engineer: Springline Design, LLC
Building Envelope: JRS Engineering Corp.
LEED Consultant: O’Brien & Co
Client: Jason Morrow
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3,859 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Johnston Architects