Thomas Eco House / Designs Northwest Architects

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Architects: Designs Northwest Architects
Location: Arlington, Washington,
Photographs: Courtesy of Designs Northwest Architects


Record Store Installation at [storefront] / Olson Kundig Architects

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[storefront] Olson Kundig Architects is an experimental work place for their community collaborations, pro‐bono design work, philanthropic and volunteer work, and for design research and the development of design ideas. Since its inception this summer, [storefront] has served as an artist’s working studio, a dancer’s stage, a non‐profit’s arts education on workshop and outreach hub, a design festival’s pop‐up space, and more. Record Store is the latest and current iteration of [storefront]. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AIA+2030 Professional Series: Prepare for the New Energy FutureTM

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AIA Seattle, the Seattle Chapter of American Institute of Architects, with partners BetterBricks, the City of Seattle, and Architecture 2030 present AIA+2030 Professional Series: Prepare for the New Energy Future at Seattle City Hall.

The AIA+2030 Professional Series, which starts on January 27th and ends with the last session on October 12th, helps design professionals create buildings that meet the ambitious energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge. Ten four-hour sessions offer strategies to reach 60% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, giving design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings—and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace. All who are interested must register by January 18th. For more information, visit here.

Foster Loop / Balance Associates Architects

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Architect: Balance Associates Architects
Location: Mazama, ,
Project Team: Tom Lenchek AIA, Principal, Kyle Zerbey AIA, Project Architect
Project Area: 1653 sq. ft. (1143 main floor + 510 upper floor)
Project Year: 2007
Structural Engineers: Harriott Smith Valentine Engineers
General Contractor: Rhinehart Construction, Inc.
Photographs: Steve Keating Photography

Float Home / Designs Northwest Architects

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Architects: Designs Northwest Architects
Location: , Washington,
Interior Designer: Susan Broll
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,100 sqf
Photographs: Ben Benschneider

Bertschi School Living Science Building / KMD Architects

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Architect: KMD Architects
Location:  Seattle,
Project area: 5,225 sqf
Construction cost: $930,000 (est.)
Project Year: 2011
Owner/Tenant: The Bertschi School
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider


N Seattle Community College OCEE / Schacht Aslani Architects

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Architects: Schacht Aslani Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 47,450 sqf
Photographs: Doug Scott

Waterfront Research Center / SABArchitects

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Architects: SABArchitects
Location: , Washington,
Project Team: Steve Erickson, Arthur Furukawa, Stephen Wood
Structural Engineer: ABKJ (Andersen Bjornstad Kane Jacobs)
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 135,000 sqf
Photographs: Sam Van Fleet

Container Architecture Exhibition


Showcasing the most high-profile realized ISO-container projects from all over the globe, the Container Architecture Exhibition, put together by Jure Kotnik, is offering an insight into one of architecture’s youngest branches until December 9 at the Seattle AIA gallery and clearly demonstrates the wide variety of uses containers can be put to. This includes temporary constructions, public buildings, housing arrangements and everything in between. The exhibit asserts that quality architecture does not precondition what you build with but how. Several of the presented projects rank among top notch architecture achievements, having received world renowned awards. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Woodland Park Zoo New West Entry / Weinstein A|U

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Architects: Weinstein A|U
Location: , Washington,
Design Team: Rob Kiker, Ed Weinstein, Kirsten Wild
Project Size: 97,909 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

Jim Olson: Architecture for Art Exhibition

Rolling Huts / OSKA Architects

The Museum of Art at Washington State University is organizing ‘Architecture for Art,’ the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the career of Jim Olson, one of the Northwest’s most significant architects and founder of the internationally recognized Seattle-based firm, Olson Kundig Architects.

The exhibit, which is open from now until December 10th, will serve as a retrospective for Olson’s 45-year career, highlighting his residential legacy, including his own homes-an apartment in downtown Seattly and his cabin on -as well as his public design work, which encompasses the Lightcatcher Museum in Bellingham, Washingtom, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Pike and Virginia Building in Seattle, and the Noah’s Art Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  More information on the event after the break.

Kenmore Library / Weinstein A|U

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Architects: Weinstein A|U
Location: ,
Design Team: Matt Aalfs, Ed Weinstein
Project Size: 19,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007-2011
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

1100 First Street / Krueck & Sexton Architects

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Architects: Krueck & Sexton Architects
Location: Washington, , USA
Client: Tishman Speyer
MEP Engineer: Flack + Kurtz
Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson Associates, Inc.
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 355,000 sqf
Photographs: Prakash Patel

Phinney / Pb elemental architecture

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Architect: Pb elemental architecture
Location: Seattle, ,
Project Team: Dave Biddle & Chris Pardo
Contractor: Logan’s Hammer
Project Area: 2510 sqf
Photographs: Mel Curtis

Sneeoosh / zeroplus


Architect: zeroplus
Location: Puget Sound, , USA
Project Team: Joshua Brevoort, Principal; Lisa chun, Principal; Casey Borgen, Intern
Fabricators: River Ranch LLC and Meadow Works
Manager: Bud Searle
Carpenters: Neil Harrington, Mark Schrader
Project Area: 1200 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: zeroplus

Hotchkiss Residence / Scott | Edwards Architects

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Location: Vancouver, Washington,
Project Team: Rick Berry, Kelly Edwards, Jason Wesolowski
Landscape Architect: Shapiro Didway
Contractor: Hammer &Hand
Project Area: 1,988 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Eckert

Zig Zag House / David Coleman

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Architect: David Coleman Architecture
Location: , Washington,
Project Area: 2400 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of David Coleman Architecture

Panther Lake Elementary School / DLR Group

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The design for Panther Lake Elementary School focuses on bringing together the school’s learning and common areas in order to enrich the students’ educational experiences. Long rows filled with formal learning spaces run parallel to each other, while a corridor containing the school’s major common areas runs through the rows at a diagonal, bisecting and connecting the separate learning areas.  As a result, the various learning centers remain open to one another even though they appear to be separated by their different colors and structural elements.


Architect: DLR Group
Location: , Washington,
Project Area: 45,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Chris J. Roberts