Luxury online publication, JustLuxe, recently featured the Miraval Life in Balance Spa in an article published in their travel section. Mithun and Clodagh were responsible for the renovation of the 16,000 square foot signature spa and fitness center, as well as the design of new buildings for wellness, meditation, yoga, outdoor treatments and guest rooms. The article praises the design aesthetic as well as the spa’s services and many other accommodations (continue reading here).Related:
Construction is scheduled to begin later this year on Hirabayashi Place, a new 96-unit affordable housing complex designed by Mithun for Interim Community Development Association. Named after local civil rights leader Gordon Hirabayashi, the project promotes social sustainability and quality design for all. The project is located on a prominent intersection in the Seattle International District and encourages walkable communities through activated streetscapes and proximity to transit, and will create a new gateway to the historic Japantown. Interim Community Development Association’s Executive Director, Andrea Akita, was quoted in a recent story on King 5 News:
“We are really hoping this project will contribute to the revitalization not only of Japantown but also to the revitalization of the community […] The Hirabayashi Place is all about connecting our past, present, and our future,” said Akita.
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The Goodwill Job Training and Education Center is currently featured as the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce’s project of the month. Guided by the belief that “jobs change lives,” Goodwill hired Mithun to design an updated educational facility and healthy work environment that was visible and welcoming to the surrounding community. Writer Clair Enlow calls it “a standout along busy Rainer Ave South,” and “an anchor and portal for Seattle Goodwill.” The article also includes quotes from Mithun’s Rich Franko and Dottie Faris, as well as Goodwill’s Betsy McFeely who says the new building: “sets [them] up for a wonderful future.”
The Project of the Month is sponsored by the Daily Journal of Commerce and the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Read the full article here.Related:
Mithun’s Redevelopment Master Plan for the Mariposa housing development in Denver is currently featured as a case study on the Center for Active Design’s website. The article credits the Denver Housing Authority for first “recognizing the need to design beyond buildings – to achieve a holistic sustainability that improved health and overall quality of life.” The resulting Mariposa Redevelopment Master Plan guides an equitable, health-and transit-oriented redevelopment scheme for 270 existing public housing units. The redevelopment of this 17.5-acre site will add a mix of uses and nearly triple the existing density, with 900 new mixed-income homes.
The Center for Active Design is a nonprofit organization that is committed to promoting “active design.” To read the full Mariposa Case Study, visit www.centerforactivedesign.com.Related:
On January 6, 2014, the Northwest School announced the opening of their new gymnasium and dining facility located at 401 East Pike Street in Seattle. Mithun’s design for the new 38,300 square foot building creates a dynamic space for gathering, active performance and play within a dense urban environment. The four-floor facility houses a league-size gym, 175-seat black box theatre, two-tiered dining room, and a 6,000 square foot rooftop sports field. Rich Franko, AIA, was the Project Director and was recently quoted in the Northwest School’s press release:
“Each part of the building exterior has been designed to reflect the program inside,” explains Richard Franko, AIA Design Partner from Mithun. “From the transparent glazing of the dining hall that provides permeability to the street, to the multiple windows that punctuate the gymnasium volume, giving views out to the historic church across the street and letting daylight in for student activities in the gym.”
The Northwest School is a 450-student private school housed in the historic Summit School building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. To learn more about the new facility, www.northwestschool.org.
Author Ellen Dunham-Jones recently referenced Thornton Place in an article featured in AIArchitect, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) publication. Mithun designed this LEED-ND Silver certified, mix-use, residential project with a focus on transit-oriented, healthy neighborhood design. The project is characterized by its pedestrian-friendly inter-connectivity, and is strategically oriented toward a new water treatment park. Nearly three acres of open space will significantly improve the stormwater quality before it flows into Thornton Creek, one of Seattle’s four keystone salmon streams. In the article, Dunham-Jones identifies that:
“Making this neighborhood a healthier place to live wasn’t just a matter of adding mixed-use density and more public transit—it meant replacing parking lots with a restored creek and the lush landscape that surrounds it.”
To read more about Thornton Place on AIA’s website, visit www.aia.org.
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Hunters View transforms San Francisco’s most distressed public housing project into a mixed-income neighborhood that reconnects to the city’s distinctive residential fabric. The project was featured in a Proactive Solution File article in the October 2013 issue of Urban Land Magazine. Initiated as WRT/Solomon E.T.C., Dan Solomon, FAIA and Anne Torney, AIA serve as Hunters View master planner, coordinating architect, and architect for Block 4:
“Anne Torney and Daniel Solomon, architects with the San Francisco office of Mithun | Solomon, designed a complete transformation of the area. They think the source of the area’s distress comes not from its location, but from its isolation and planning [...] The design team chose first to distill the essence of what made San Francisco unique and determine how and why Hunters View had violated each of the principles upon which the city had been based, thereby ensuring its isolation.”
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