Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum

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Architects: Mahlum
Location: 10750 30th Avenue Northeast, , WA 98125, USA
Area: 204000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

goCstudio Launches New Kickstarter to Fund Floating Sauna in Seattle

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Seattle based firm goCstudio have designed a wood-fired floating , a project resonant with the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Aiming to begin construction in spring of 2015 and open in summer, the firm has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the building of their first model. Easily transportable and accessible by kayak, the floating sauna fits within the dimensions of a standard size trailer. Providing a space of refuge and revitalization, along with a uniquely interactive way to experience the landscape of Seattle, the project, named “wa_sauna“, requires $43,000 to become a reality. Learn more about the project and how you can help at the firm’s page, here. More images after the break.

Health Sciences and Student Resources Building at North Seattle College / Schacht Aslani Architects

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Architects: Schacht Aslani Architects
Location: 9600 College Way North, North College, , WA 98103, USA
Principal Architects: Walter Schacht, FAIA; Cima Malek-Aslani, AIA
Area: 46500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

Pagliacci Pizza / Floisand Studio

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Architects: Floisand Studio
Location: 4001 Stone Way North, , WA, USA
Area: 2,101 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Floisand Studio

Brooks + Scarpa Design Park-And-Ride Plaza for Seattle Rail Station

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Brooks + Scarpa has won a competition to design a new park-and-ride plaza for the future Angle Lake light rail station in . As part of the 1.6-mile South 200th Link Extension, which will connect Angle Lake to the airport and downtown area by 2016, the $30 million complex will provide the station’s anticipated 5,400 passengers with a pedestrianized plaza, drop-off and retail area, as well as a 1,050-stall parking garage and 35,000 square feet of reserved space for future transit-oriented development.

Courtyard House / DeForest Architects

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Architects: DeForest Architects
Location: , WA, USA
Area: 4600.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

Park Passive House / NK Architects

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Architects: NK Architects
Location: Madison Park, , WA, USA
Area: 2,710 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aaron Leitz

Capitol Hill House / SHED Architecture & Design

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Architects: SHED Architecture & Design
Location: , WA, USA
Area: 2458.0 ft2
Photographs: Mark Woods

Main Street House / SHED Architecture & Design

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Architects: SHED Architecture & Design
Location: , WA, USA
Area: 2332.0 ft2
Photographs: Mark Woods

Bezos Center for Innovation / Olson Kundig Architects

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Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: 860 Terry Avenue North, , WA 98109, USA
Architect In Charge: Alan Maskin
Project Manager: Stephen Yamada-Heidner
Project Architect: Marlene Chen
Project Staff: Simon Clews
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

How Car-Dependent Towns are Adapting Compact Living Strategies

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The challenge of converting a sea of parking lots, that so often riddles auto-dependent , is in densification. Architects are introducing compact urban living models to small towns all across the country, retrofitting single-use zoning into more walkable, diverse and connected communities. Perhaps nowhere is this evolution more evident than Seattle’s neighborhood, home to the country’s oldest shopping malls. Learn how the town became denser and greener, transitioning to a transit-oriented development, “Gray, Green, and Blue: Seattle’s Northgate.”

Federal Center South Building 1202 / ZGF Architects

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Architects: ZGF Architects
Location: Seattle, ,
Area: 209,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider, Lara Swimmer

Ballard Aperture House / First Lamp Architecture and Construction

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Architects: First Lamp Architecture and Construction
Location: , WA, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Taylor Callaway

Westland Distillery / Urbanadd

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Architects: Urbanadd
Location: SODO Busway, , WA, USA
Architect In Charge: Mark Ward, Jim Brown, Adam Pearce
Area: 13,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Urbanadd

Wagner Education Center / Olson Kundig Architects

’ $6.6 million Wagner Education Center at The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) in is scheduled to break ground this winter. Reminiscent of historic Northwest boatbuilding facilities, the projected LEED Gold center will serve as the “modern front door for the growing museum, Lake Union Park and the surrounding South Lake Union neighborhood.” The design will feature large windows and movable exterior panels that, consistent with Kundig’s signature use of inventive details, will grant users maximum flexibility in controlling the interior’s exposure to the elements.

NBBJ’s Biodome for Amazon Approved by Seattle Design Board

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The City Design Review Board has approved NBBJ’s tri-sphere biodome planned for Amazon’s downtown headquarters. Reaching up to 95 feet, the glass cluster of “Spheres” was designed to create an alternative work environment within the 3.3 million-square-foot office and retail campus that is currently under construction.

2013 Seattle Design Festival

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This year’s Seattle Design Festival, hosted by Design in Public and AIA Seattle, will feature large scale installations, home tours, walking tours, films, lectures, exhibitions, competitions, activities, pop-up parklets, and more which is open to the general public. The city-wide event takes place September 13-22 with the hub of the festival at the ‘Design Block’ in Pioneer Square. This year’s theme is ‘Design in Health’ exploring the connection between environmental design and health & well-being. Design can improve health by: promoting physical activity, increasing access to healthy food, reducing injuries, improving air and water quality, minimizing stress, and strengthening the social fabric of communities.  More information after the break.

West Campus Student Housing / Mahlum Architects

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Architects: Mahlum Architects
Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Mep Engineers: PAE Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineers: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Landscape Architects: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol LLC
Civil Engineers: SVR Design Company
Builders: Walsh Construction Co., W.G. Clark Construction Co.
Area: 668800.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider