Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters / NBBJ

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NBBJ’s design for the Amazon’s new headquarters in downtown Seattle, Washington, promises to consolidate the companies currently scattered buildings into a 3-block development that includes high-rise towers, a variety of open spaces, and landscaped plazas.  The 3.3 million square foot design was presented to the city’s Design Review Board (DRB) in great detail outlining the division of the each of the buildings, their integration into the downtown urban fabric and the synthesis of the currently underdeveloped Denny’s Triangle.

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Seattle Design Festival

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The annual Seattle Design Festival, created by Design in Public, is an event that encourages all to ‘engage our world’ by offering the public an opportunity to better understand design and how it adds value to our lives, our city, and our region. This fun-filled weekend, which takes place September 20-23, is a collaboration among ten nonprofit partners that created an ambitious set of offerings: more than 35 events, including tours, films, speakers, exhibits, installations, and family programs—all aimed at a public audience. For more detailed information, including a complete list of events going on that weekend, please visit here.

Artisan Barn 
Addition / Hutchison & Maul Architecture

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Seattle-based Hutchison & Maul Architecture has designed an addition, dubbed the Artisan Barn, to a historic barn in , Washington. The existing space currently houses studio, performance and gallery areas for artists, along with a gift shop. Materials will be salvaged from an onsite Loafing Shed to create a new classroom onto the existing barn structure. Additionally, Hutchison & Maul will assist in designing a master plan that will integrate landscape and outdoor performance spaces into the surrounding area.

Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art / Coates Design Architects

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Located on a prominent corner of , , the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is not only the anchor tenant of the Island Gateway development, but it will soon become the cultural center of its community. Designed by Coates Design Architects, an inspiring and creative experience is provided to residents and visitors alike. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Francis Gregory Library / Adjaye Associates

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Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: , DC,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

The Pierre / Olson Kundig Architects

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Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: San Juan Island, Washington,
Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA
Project Architect: Jon Gentry, LEED AP
Project Manager: Chris Gerrick, LEED AP
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2,500 sqf
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge 2012 International Design Ideas Competition


RETHINK REUSE, an independent group whose goal is to inspire discourse on the topic of reuse is inviting all to participate in their Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge 2012 International Design Ideas Competition. The goal is to envision new, innovative reuse strategies. The 520 bridge will be decommissioned in 2014 due to high maintenance costs, damage, and the need for additional lanes. The State Department of Transportation is requiring of the new bridge’s design-build team that it be reused or recycled in a sustainable fashion; current trends for the reuse of pontoons have been floating docks, breakwaters and piers, but what else could be done with such a feat of engineering? More information on the competition after the break.

Urban Intervention Seattle Center Competition Proposal / Hoshino Architects

With a challenge to make a series of random ephemeral public spaces using a simple structure in the Center, the intervention by Hoshino Architects proposes areas of such spaces to be transformed to voids and purely leave the circulation spaces on the ground level. In contrast, the public contents circles are randomly scattered on the field level. As normal urban spaces, the circulation spaces sometimes change to unexpected functions, such as a viewing gallery for the event staged at the field level. This dual layer structure intertwines and creates the complex ‘Porous-scape’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Foss Waterway Seaport / Olson Kundig Architects

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Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the Foss Waterway Seaport, Puget Sounds premier maritime heritage, education and recreation center began undergoing historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use. When building rehabilitation is completed, the new 45,000 square foot public facility will feature an expansive maritime heritage museum, compelling indoor program spaces (including a K-16 marine science and environmental education center), a heritage boat building shop and the “Discovery Wharf” childrens learning center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Amazon Proposes Three New Towers in Seattle

Via Early Design Guidance Submittal

Tomorrow, Amazon representatives are scheduled to present their design for a three-block proposal that will introduce three new towers to the skyline and add 3.3 million square feet of office space to the downtown area. Quite possibly the largest development ever proposed downtown, the complex will consume five acres in the Denny Triangle Urban Village that is currently being used for parking, the Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater.

Continue reading for more information on the Denny Triangle project.

What Makes it GREEN? – Live Jury Interviews, Winners Announcement, and Reception

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Designers in the Northwest and Pacific Region create some of the world’s most sustainable buildings. What Makes it GREEN? (WMIG?) celebrates the region’s achievements and the interdisciplinary teamwork required to meet the 2030 Challenge®. For over a decade, WMIG? has educated and inspired the larger design community with creative solutions for sustainability.

Jurors from the 2012 What Makes It GREEN? Awards will be interviewing the shortlisted project teams from around the region live at Seattle City Hall April 18 starting at 9am with the winners being announced that evening. For those interested in sustainable design, green buildings, and energy-efficiency, this is an opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes what goes into designing the kinds of buildings that will help us reach carbon neutrality by 2030. For more information, please visit here.

UPDATE: zHome / David Vandervort Architects

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Last June we announced the zHome community designed by David Vandervort Architects, a target zero-energy community in Washington that is one of many springing up across the country, changing the way communities are planned and developed.  Since World War II spawned the era of suburban living, the Levittown model has been the trajectory along which so many communities across the country have gone.  Now with sustainability and ecologically conscious design being at the forefront of many architects’ practices, it makes perfect sense for whole communities to take the leap as well.  But what does that mean for the lifestyles of its residents?  And does this make an exclusive neighborhood where only some are willing or able to comply. Follow us after the break for more.

Urban Intervention: Public Space Competition Proposal / PRAUD

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The public space proposal for the Urban Intervention competition creates a new way of creating a dialog between the park and the city. Designed by PRAUD, each solid and void creates its own topography, and thus the topography of the solid provides different experiences for pedestrians and joggers, while topography of the voids provide different types of functions and landscape fields. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Urban Island Prototype 01 / Erick Kristanto

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Unlike the old concept of public spaces that rely on objects as a single attraction, the new prototype of urban island by Erick Kristanto for the Urban Intervention Competition uses various different activities as multiple magnets. The activities are pooled on the elevated platform as a new addition of the center complex. Since all of the programmed activities are moved to the elevated platform, the ground floor can be almost free of structure for flexible multipurpose space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Spring 2012 AIAS West Quad Regional Conference

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The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter at Washington State University will proudly host the Spring 2012 West Quad Regional Conference in Spokane at the end of March 2012. The conference will take place March 29th – April 1st on the WSU Spokane campus under the theme of “Preserving Identities,” welcoming in attendees from across the Western . More images and information on the event after the break.

Andrews Glen / SMR Architects

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Architect: SMR Architects
Location: Bellevue, ,
Project Team: John Woodworth, Paul Hanson, Scott Starr, Leah Ericksen
Client: Imagine Housing
Contractor: WG Clark Construction
Structural and Civil Engineers: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Photographs: Courtesy of SMR Architects

Maier Hall / Schacht Aslani Architects

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Architect: Schacht Aslani Architects
Location: Port Angeles, Washington,
Project owner: Peninsula College (Port Angeles, WA)
Projects Area: 62,950 sf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Doug Scott 

Queen Anne Mid-Modern / Coop15 Architecture

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Architect: Coop15 Architecture
Location: Seattle, , USA
Project Area: 2430 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Will Austin