Waterfront Research Center / SABArchitects

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Architects: SABArchitects
Location: Seattle, ,
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

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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, USA
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

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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: , , 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, , USA
Project Team: Dave Biddle & Chris Pardo
Contractor: Logan’s Hammer
Project Area: 2510 sqf
Photographs: Mel Curtis

Sneeoosh / zeroplus

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Architect: zeroplus
Location: Puget Sound, ,
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 Architecture

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Architect: David Coleman Architecture
Location: Yarrow Point, , USA
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: Federal Way, Washington,
Project Area: 45,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Chris J. Roberts

Pine Forest Cabin / Balance Associates Architects

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In order to meet the client’s budget goals, an efficient plan and cost effective selection of building materials reduced construction costs and led to the simple box design. The use of sheet materials both inside and out maximized material efficiency while emphasizing the simplicity of the cabin’s form.

Architect: Balance Associates Architects
Location: Winthrop, , USA
Project Team: Tom Lenchek AIA, Principal; Lauren Tindall Crocco AIA, Project Architect
Structural Engineer: Harriott Smith Valentine Engineers
General Contractor: The Patterson Company
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 850 sqf
Photographs: Steve Keating Photography

University of Washington Medicine Research Complex / Perkins+Will

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Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) shared with us their role as landscape architects for the third phase of the University of Medicine’s research hub, designed by Perkins+Will, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, which broke ground earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013. More images and project description after the break.

Call for Entries: 2011 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture

North Bend House / Johnston Architects / © Will Austin Photography

Perspective provides us the vision to see our work and how we shape our surroundings with increasing clarity as we aspire to evolve and seek ever better answers to the challenges of our world. Our perspective begins with the most personal of the individual, to ever expanding rings of reference and community. This year’s 2011 AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture recognizes the transformative potential of vision in shaping our work and our communities.

We invite the design community to engage in the conversation of the Awards and submit your perspective whether realized, latent, or an idea in the pursuit of design excellence. This year’s esteemed jury and moderator will share their perspective in an engaging evening of dialogue at Benaroya Hall.

Wintergreen Cabin / Balance Associates Architects

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Wintergreen Cabin is a 1,600 sqf cabin built into a steep hillside overlooking a stream with a view to the mountains in the distance. The cabin is anchored into the hill with a concrete base that contains the garage and other utility spaces. The upper floor houses all of the living areas. The south side of the cabin is a single space containing the living/dining/kitchen with large window walls on 3 sides. Decks cantilever off of the concrete base on three sides and allow views into the stream below.  Facing east, the master suite opens out to the stream ravine with sliding pocket doors.

Architects: Balance Associates Architects
Location: , Washington, USA
Project Team: Tom Lencheck AIA, Principal; Timothy Posey, Project Architect
Project Area: 1,613 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Structural Engineers: Fred Cooley, F L Cooley & Associates
General Contractor: Bjornsen Construction
Photographs: Steve Keating Photography

Marysville Getchell High School / DLR Group

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Architect: DLR Group
Location: Marysville, , USA
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: DLR Group

Roundy Residence / The Miller Hull Partnership

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Located in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, the 10 acre site contrasts between gently rolling fields that abruptly terminate in a 100-foot-high bluff that drops to the water’s edge below. The juxtaposition between these two conditions led to the architectural concept.

Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership
Location: , Washington, USA
Consultants: Ascent Construction, Quantum Consulting Engineers, Northwest Mechanical
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

Wolf Creek View Cabin / Balance Associates Architects

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Wolf Creek View Cabin sits in a lightly treed meadow, surrounded by foothills and mountains in Eastern . The home is designed as two interlocking “L’s”. A covered patio is located at the intersection of one “L,” offering a protected place to sit while enjoying sweeping views of the valley. A lighter screening “L” creates a courtyard that provides shelter from seasonal winds and an intimate space with privacy from neighboring houses.

Architect: Balance Associates Architects
Location: Eastern Washington, USA
Project Team: Tom Lencheck AIA, Principal; Kyle Zerbey AIA, Project Architect; Timothy Posey AIA, Project Architect
Structural Engineer: Harriott Smith Valentine Engineers
General Contractor: Bjornsen Construction
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 1810 sqf (house), 528 sqf (garage)
Photographs: Steve Keating Photography