The Miller Hull Partnership, Public Works

The Miller Hull Partnership, Public Works

I had to say that I wasn’t aware of the work by the Miller Hull Partnership, a Seattle based firm established in 1977, until we received this book from Princeton Architectural Press.

The book, a sequel to the 2001 monograph by the same publishing house, shows a selection of recent projects in a good format, with clear drawings and good photos.

The projects cover both residential and public works, such as the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant a wonderful project, which doubles as a park with picnic areas. The rest of the works of the firm have a clear signature when it comes to materials and structural solutions, with transparency as something in common.

I recommend this book for both its clear presentation and the quality of the works by the firm.

More information about this book after the break.

Our popular 2001 monograph Miller|Hull: Architects of the Pacific Northwest introduced the world to the work of architects David Miller and Robert Hull. Their energy-conscious designs, love of local materials, and structural expressiveness helped define the essence of a new and exciting type of contemporary regionalism in American architecture—the Pacific Northwest style. For these two Peace Corps veterans, that includes a serious commitment to a socially responsible and humane public architecture. The award-winning work featured in TheMiller|Hull: Partnership: Public Works challenges the notion that public buildings must be mundane in appearance or functionality.

Seventy percent of the firm’s projects involve public funding. Their 2005 renovation of the University of Washington’s Conibear Shellhouse in their hometown, Seattle exemplifies their architectural ethos. The site, once on the edge of a city dump, is surrounded by newly restored wetlands with pathways that link to an existing nature walk, providing public access to the shoreline. This same ethos is in their nine-story high-rise condominium built on a small lot in the revitalized River North district of Chicago. It also extends to the structure of their practice, with their close collaboration with consultants, communities, owners, and artists. TheMiller|Hull: Partnership: Public Works features photographs, renderings, and project plans representing diverse building typologies—schools, nature centers, community centers, mixed-use buildings, laboratories, corporate offices, and high-rise residences. These projects are the best demonstration of how the Miller|Hull Partnership brings life, personality, and warmth to public architecture.

- Princeton Architectural Press

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, New York Editor: Lauren Nelson Packard Design Concept: Arnoud Verhaeghe and Paul Wagner Layout: Miller | Hull

Language: English Cover: Hardcover Pages: 256 Illustrations: 200 color / 25 black & white Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 1.1 inches ISBN: 978-156898-754-5


Foreword Introduction South Lake Union Discovery Center Technology Access Foundation Headquarters and Community Learning Center Wilsonville Water Treatment Plant Tillamook Forest Interpretive Center Pierce County Environmental Services Building Kitsap County Administration Building Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center Olympic College-Poulsbo University of Washington Conibear Shellhouse and Athletic Center Addition to the Art and Architecture Building, University of Michigan 1310 E. Union Lofts 156 W. Superior Street

Appendix: Conversations – Chronology of Building and Projects – Awards – Projects Data – Selected Bibliography – Staff and Collaborators – Biographies – Photo Credits.

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "The Miller Hull Partnership, Public Works" 23 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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