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Seattle's Asian Art Museum Set to Reopen in Spring 2020

The Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation by LMN Architects and landscape architect Walker Macy is set to open in February next year. The project takes the original, early 20th-century building and brings it up to 21st-century standards. The renovation includes the preservation of the 1933 building and Art Deco front façade and a new glass-enclosed park lobby overlooking the Olmstead-designed Volunteer Park.

Kengo Kuma Builds Upon Historic Facade in New Seattle Skyscraper

Kengo Kuma & Associates have proposed a new 40-story mixed-use skyscraper incorporating a historic Gothic Revival facade in Seattle. Located in the Belltown neighborhood, the project would reuse the ornate five-story Bebb & Gould’s Terminal Sales Annex facade. Made in collaboration with Ankrom Moisan Architects and the landscape architecture firm Berger Partnership, the project aims to reinforce the Gothic and Art Deco heritage of Seattle’s downtown.

Museum of the Bible / SmithGroup

© Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alex Fradkin © Alex Fradkin + 32

Museum  · 
Washington, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project SmithGroup
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    430000.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture / Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup

© Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley + 21

Museum  · 
Washington, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Freelon Adjaye Bond / SmithGroup
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    420000.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Atlantic Plumbing Building / Morris Adjmi Architects

© Alan Karchmer
© Alan Karchmer

© Matthew Williams © Matthew Williams © Alan Karchmer © Matthew Williams + 13

Apartments  · 
Washington, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Morris Adjmi Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    290000.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Alley Armor / KUBE Architecture

© Paul Burke © Paul Burke © Paul Burke © Paul Burke + 18

Extension  · 
Washington, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project KUBE Architecture
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Walker Court / Demian/Wilbur/Architects

© Howard Mager © Merrill St. Leger © Merrill St. Leger © Merrill St. Leger + 35

Washington, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Demian/Wilbur/Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    2196.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Microsoft is Investing $500 Million in Seattle Affordable Housing

Microsoft has unveiled plans to commit $500 million to advance affordable housing solutions across the city of Seattle, Washington. The money, to be distributed as loans and grants, will kick-start new solutions to the city’s housing crisis, where income increases have lagged behind rising housing prices.

The investment breaks down as $225 million committed to subsidize middle-income housing construction in six targeted cities, $250 million to support low-income housing across the King County region, and $25 million to philanthropic grants to address homelessness in the greater Seattle region. The tech giant has targeted the region in close proximity to the site of its Redmond headquarters expansion, expected to accommodate 8,000 new employees.

Achievement Preparatory Academy Public Charter Middle School / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

© Hoachlander Davis Photography © Hoachlander Davis Photography © Hoachlander Davis Photography © Hoachlander Davis Photography + 18

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    49478.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Snarkitecture's "Fun House" Opens at the National Building Museum in Washington DC

Snarkitecture’s “Fun House” has opened at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, an interactive exhibition forming part of the museum’s Summer Block Party series of temporary structures created inside its historic Great Hall.

More than 1500 people visited Fun House at its July 4th opening day, which comes three years after Snarkitecture’s installation at the 2015 Summer Block Party, titled "The BEACH." Other noted collaborations for Summer Block Party include Studio Gang in 2017, James Corner Field Operations in 2016, and Bjarke Ingels Group in 2014.

© Noah Kalina © Noah Kalina © Noah Kalina © Noah Kalina + 14

New Images Show Steven Holl's Expansion of the Kennedy Center Under Construction

The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts has released new photographs as construction continues on the Steven Holl Architects-designed expansion project in Washington DC. Due to open in September 2019, the REACH expansion project aims to “provide artists and visitors new and wide-ranging opportunities to fully interact and engage with the Center.”

The project features 72,000 square feet of interior space across a 4.6-acre site, resulting in a 20% increase in public areas, and a doubling of outdoor space.

Courtesy of Field Conditions Courtesy of Field Conditions Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects + 13

Khab-e-Aram Residential Complex / USE Studio

© Ehsan Hajirasouliha © Ehsan Hajirasouliha © Ehsan Hajirasouliha © Ehsan Hajirasouliha + 27

Housing  · 
Isfahan, Iran
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project USE Studio
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

OSLOatlas / Square 134 Architects

© Jessica Marcotte © Jessica Marcotte © Jessica Marcotte © Jessica Marcotte + 10

Residential  · 
Washington, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Square 134 Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    14968.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Coach House / Gardner Architects

© John Cole © John Cole © John Cole © John Cole + 34

Refurbishment  · 
Washington, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Gardner Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    1500.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Studio 6420 / Robert M. Gurney Architect

© Anice Hoachlander
© Anice Hoachlander

© Anice Hoachlander © Anice Hoachlander © Anice Hoachlander © Anice Hoachlander + 24

Houses  · 
Washington, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Robert M. Gurney Architect
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    560.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Chesapeake House / KUBE architecture

© HD Bros © HD Bros © HD Bros © HD Bros + 34

Houses  · 
Washington, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project KUBE architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    7300.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Arena at Seattle Center Aims for NHL Expansion Team with $600 Million Populous-led Renovation

Seattle’s historic KeyArena is set to receive a $600 million renovation that will transform the venue into the region’s “premier sports and entertainment destination” as part of plans to launch the city’s first-ever NHL team.

Designed by Populous, the renovation will open up the arena to its surroundings, specifically the 72-acre Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World’s Fair and home to the currently under-renovation Seattle Space Needle. As part of the project, the sports venue will be rebranded as “The Arena at Seattle Center.”

Courtesy of Populous Courtesy of Populous Courtesy of Populous Courtesy of Populous + 9

BIG Reveals Updated Vision for Smithsonian Campus Master Plan Scheme

Courtesy of BIG. Rendering by Brick Visual
Courtesy of BIG. Rendering by Brick Visual

BIG has unveiled an updated vision for the new Campus Master Plan for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., after taking into account over 3 years of community input and collaboration with the storied museum and research institution. The revised proposal pays particular attention to the preservation of unique character of the Enid A. Haupt Garden while still addressing the existing and future needs of the Smithsonian at one of the nation’s most historically significant sites.

Courtesy of BIG. Rendering by Brick Visual Courtesy of BIG. Rendering by Brick Visual Courtesy of BIG. Rendering by Brick Visual Courtesy of BIG. Rendering by Brick Visual + 9