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Capitol Hill House / SHED Architecture & Design

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Main Street House / SHED Architecture & Design

© Mark Woods
© Mark Woods

© Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods

Bezos Center for Innovation / Olson Kundig Architects

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

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How Car-Dependent Towns are Adapting Compact Living Strategies

The challenge of converting a sea of parking lots, that so often riddles auto-dependent suburbs, 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 Northgate 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.”

Ballard Aperture House / First Lamp Architecture and Construction

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Westland Distillery / Urbanadd

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Courtesy of Urbanadd
  • Architects: Urbanadd
  • Location: SODO Busway, Seattle, WA 98134, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Mark Ward, Jim Brown, Adam Pearce
  • Area: 13000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Urbanadd

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Wagner Education Center / Olson Kundig Architects

Olson Kundig Architects’ $6.6 million Wagner Education Center at The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) in Seattle 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

The City Design Review Board has approved NBBJ’s tri-sphere biodome planned for Amazon’s downtown Seattle 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

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: Mahlum
  • 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
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

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Aurea Residence / Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture

  • Architects: Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture
  • Location: Seattle, WA, USA
  • General Contractor: Delen Construction Services Inc
  • Artwork: Cassandria Blackmore
  • Engineering: LFD Structural Engineering
  • Area: 3300.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Dale Tu

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NBBJ Proposes Five-Story Biodome for Amazon's Seattle Headquarters

In an attempt to “create an alternative environment” in the center of Amazon’s recently approved, three-block headquarters planned for downtown Seattle, NBBJ has submitted a revision that would replace a six-story office building with a tri-sphere biodome that will host various forms of plant life and provide a more natural setting for employees to work and socialize. Perhaps this change is Amazon’s way of “keeping up with the Joneses”, as many leading corporations - Apple, Google, and Facebook - have been unveiling plans to construct one-of-the-kind office complexes centered around sustainability, innovation and collaboration. 

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Proposed Plan; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216

Ballard Cut / Prentiss Architects

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© Alex Hayden

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The 'World's Greenest Commercial' Building Opens in Seattle Today

Courtesy of Bullitt Center
Courtesy of Bullitt Center

The Bullitt Center, a six-story, 50,000 square foot office building in Seattle that aspires to be the world's greenest commercial building, opens its doors to the public today on Earth Day. This $30 million "living laboratory" distinguishes itself from other sustainable projects with its composting toilets, the exclusion of 350 common toxic chemicals - including PVC, lead, mercury, phthalates, BPA and formaldehyde - along with a strict energy and water budget that aims for self-sufficiency under the Living Building Challenge. The environmentally-conscious Bullitt Foundation hopes that the new center will demonstrate that carbon-neutral office space can be "commercially viable and aesthetically stunning," a series of systems that can be easily copied elsewhere without being overly demanding in upkeep. 

Read more about the Bullitt Center after the break...

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Team / atelierjones

  • Architects: atelierjones
  • Location: 15 Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
  • Design Team: Susan Jones, Brian Gerich, Kristin Saunders, Greg Bishop, Audrey van Horne, Roma Shar
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Lara Swimmer

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Olson Kundig Architects to Design New Museum of Art for WSU

Seattle-based architect Jim Olson of Olson Kundig Architects has been selected by Washington State University to design a new Museum of Art. Over the years, Olson has complied a spectacular portfolio of stunning homes designed for art collectors worldwide. This experience has given Olson a “wealth of experience in not only crafting beautiful environments for works of art, but in working with artists to discover new opportunities for expressing their creativity,” according to Chris Bruce, director of the museum. 

Seattle Leads the Way in Tracking Building Energy Use

Enthusiasm for water and energy data collection for commercial and residential buildings has been growing strong across the U.S. in major cities such as Austin, New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. It's no surprise to learn that Earth-friendly Seattle is ahead of the game when it comes to tracking its buildings; reports show that the city is receiving data for a whopping 87% of its commercial and multi-residential buildings over 50,000 square feet, which totals to 1,160 individual properties covering over 200 million square feet of the city.