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LA CASA / StudioTwentySevenArchitecture

13:00 - 11 June, 2015
LA CASA / StudioTwentySevenArchitecture, © Davis Photography
© Davis Photography

© Davis Photography © Davis Photography © Davis Photography © Davis Photography +28

Student Center at Georgetown University / ikon.5 architects

13:00 - 9 June, 2015
Student Center at Georgetown University / ikon.5 architects, © Brad Feinknopf Photographer
© Brad Feinknopf Photographer

© Brad Feinknopf Photographer © Brad Feinknopf Photographer © Brad Feinknopf Photographer © Brad Feinknopf Photographer +18

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Unveils Janet Echelman's Latest Work: "Impatient Optimist” in Seattle

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Unveils Janet Echelman's Latest Work: "Impatient Optimist” in Seattle, Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter
Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter

A new aerial sculpture by renowned artist Janet Echelman has been installed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle. Entitled "Impatient Optimist," the sculpture consists of a custom net structure suspended above the courtyard, resulting in an ethereal floating surface which seems to defy gravity. The award-winning artist's piece hovers above the city as a symbol of connectivity and stands as a testament to the impact an individual can have on a broader scale. 

Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter +7

Union Station Bus Deck Pavilions / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

01:00 - 2 February, 2015
Union Station Bus Deck Pavilions / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander

© Anice Hoachlander © Anice Hoachlander © Anice Hoachlander © Anice Hoachlander +23

Brandywine House / Robert M. Gurney Architect

01:00 - 10 December, 2014
Brandywine House  / Robert M. Gurney Architect, © Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander

© Anice Hoachlander © Allen Russ © Anice Hoachlander © Anice Hoachlander +29

Milken Institute School of Public Health / Payette

01:00 - 24 November, 2014
Milken Institute School of Public Health / Payette, © Robert Benson
© Robert Benson

© Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Washington, DC, United States
  • Area

    161100.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

BIG Reveals 20-Year Restoration Plan for Washington DC's Smithsonian Campus

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
BIG Reveals 20-Year Restoration Plan for Washington DC's Smithsonian Campus, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

Nearly a year-and-a-half since the announcement of their selection, BIG has unveiled plans for a massive, 20-year-long overhaul for the Smithsonian’s southern campus in the center of Washington DC. With an overarching goal to unite the site by dissolving the notable impediments and discontinuous pathways that plague the area, BIG plans to also expand visitor, education and gallery spaces, while updating aging and inefficient building systems. 

"Where today each museum is almost like a separate entity, in the future, it’s going to be a much more open, intuitive and inviting campus to meander around," Bjarke Ingels explained.

Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG +38

Olson Kundig Architects Reinvents Site of Expo '74 World's Fair for 40th Anniversary

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Olson Kundig Architects Reinvents Site of Expo '74 World's Fair for 40th Anniversary, Concept design for reuse of U.S. Federal Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects
Concept design for reuse of U.S. Federal Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects

Forty years ago, the Expo '74 World's Fair opened in Spokane, Washington to great fanfare as the world's first environmentally themed Expo. Perhaps equally as momentous, the former Soviet Union participated for the first time since World War II, and 5.6 million people attended throughout the course of the six month long Fair. This year, Olson Kundig Architects, led by design principal Tom Kundig, partnered with the City of Spokane to reinvent the original park with new concept designs for its structures, program, and facilities.

Concept design for Air Pavilion on Canada Island, night rendering. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Water Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Earth Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Air Pavilion on Canada Island, day rendering. Image © Olson Kundig Architects +6

Sky Loft / KUBE architecture

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Sky Loft / KUBE architecture, © Greg Powers Photography
© Greg Powers Photography

© Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography +21

St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion / Davis Brody Bond

01:00 - 26 December, 2013
St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion / Davis Brody Bond, © Eric Taylor
© Eric Taylor

© Eric Taylor © Eric Taylor © Eric Taylor © Eric Taylor +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Washington, DC, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Cook
  • Project Advisor

    Will Paxson
  • Project Designer

    Rob Anderson
  • Photographs

2013 Seattle Design Festival

00:00 - 12 August, 2013
2013 Seattle Design Festival, © Trevor Dykstra
© Trevor Dykstra

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.

District of Columbia Public Library / The Freelon Group Architects

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
© Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth +15

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

00:00 - 22 May, 2013
NBBJ Proposes Five-Story Biodome for Amazon's Seattle Headquarters, View Looking West from 7th Avenue & Lenora Street; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216
View Looking West from 7th Avenue & Lenora Street; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216

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. 

Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 Proposed Plan; Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 Courtesy of Seattle.gov © NBBJ / Studio 216 +12

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

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

00:00 - 22 April, 2013
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," designed by Miller Hull Partnership, 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...

Olson Kundig Architects to Design New Museum of Art for WSU

00:00 - 7 March, 2013
Olson Kundig Architects to Design New Museum of Art for WSU, The Pierre / Olson Kundig Architects © Benjamin Benschneider
The Pierre / Olson Kundig Architects © Benjamin Benschneider

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. 

City OKs design of Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters

13:16 - 3 October, 2012
© NBBJ
© NBBJ

With a 3-2 vote, Seattle’s Downtown Design Review Board has voted in favor of Amazon’s plans for a three-block, high-rise complex in the Denny Triangle. The board voted after conducting five, comprehensive meetings over the last six months to review Amazon’s evolving NBBJ-designed proposal. Although this design review approval is simply a recommendation to the city’s Department of Planning and Development, it is still a milestone for the ambitious project.

The five acre site, roughly located between Sixth Avenue, Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue, is currently occupied by expansive parking lots, the Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater. Continue after the break to learn more.

625 Rhode Island Avenue / Suzane Reatig Architecture

01:00 - 1 October, 2012
625 Rhode Island Avenue / Suzane Reatig Architecture, © Alan Karchmer
© Alan Karchmer

© Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer +18

Amazon's Seattle Headquarters / NBBJ

13:00 - 10 September, 2012
Amazon's Seattle Headquarters; Images © NBBJ
Amazon's Seattle Headquarters; Images © NBBJ

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.