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Happy #PrideMonth! Join us in celebrating our LGBTQIA+ communities, and standing in solidarity with our colleagues, friends and partners against discrimination and for justice throughout the year. We all live more freely when all identities are celebrated. We’d also like to spotlight a current Mithun R+D study being led by three designers exploring an approach to gender inclusive design practice and the creation of built environments, free from the harmful gender binary. Kelsi Kaczmarek (they/them), Claire Joseph and Jake Minden (he/him) apply an integrated process to this research from their respective disciplines of Interior Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Stay tuned for more information about the team’s findings. Illustration by Kelsi Kaczmarek.

Posted: 06.24.2022

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With a welcoming west entry along Olmsted-designed Lake Washington Boulevard, the new academic building creates an accessible link between the Bush School’s upper and lower campuses. Bioretention planters collect and treat stormwater as part of the school’s @salmonsafe certification, the first ever among K-12 schools. 📷: @laraswimmer

Posted: 06.10.2022

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Informal study spaces at each end of The Bush School new Upper School corridor feature exposed wood structure, abundant daylight and expansive views, creating a biophilic experience that supports student health and well-being. Classrooms are designed for agile learning with moveable furniture and white boards positioned for student-directed exploration and ideation throughout the space. Efficient all-electric heating and partial cooling is supplemented by natural ventilation and ceiling fans for user control of comfort. 📷: @laraswimmer

Posted: 06.10.2022

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The new Bush School upper campus expansion pays respect to the school’s historic Gracemont academic building (visible in the foreground) in materiality, massing and siting. This modern interpretation of a masonry and wood structure leverages mass timber elements to create an efficient, low-carbon building for the next 100 years. The project is targeting Passive House and net-zero energy certifications. 📷: @laraswimmer

Posted: 06.09.2022

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Shared kitchens on each floor occupy a prime corner of this marine transportation company office with expansive views of the Seattle skyline and waterfront. The priority position honors employees and highlights a longstanding culture of gathering for meals and conversations throughout the day. Health and hospitality are advanced with natural materials, fresh fruit and monthly cooking demonstrations that bring employees together and enrich the workplace experience. 📷: @k7scott

Posted: 05.28.2022

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Expansive views throughout the marine transportation company offices connect daily operations with the working waterfront beyond. The design supports diverse work modes with a density of uses on each floor—informal work space, private phone rooms, conference rooms and transitional space between. Transparency unites the work of teams while delivering acoustic privacy. In the alcove, environmental graphics showcase the company’s geographic reach. 📷: @k7scott

Posted: 05.27.2022

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This new workplace expresses the strong values of a diverse family of marine transportation and distribution companies, uniting its operations within a single headquarters for the first time. At the office’s heart, shared workspaces radiate from a communicating stair, reinforcing connection between businesses and strengthening personal relationships. A vast art collection—including a 30-foot hand-carved totem pole that ascends three levels—details the vibrant history of the multi-generational family business and brings this legacy to life. 📷: @k7scott

Posted: 05.27.2022

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Among the diverse residents of 1180 Fourth Street in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood are 150 low income, very low income and formerly homeless families and individuals—including about 260 children. The building’s shared spaces are designed to bring residents together in ways both casual and intentional. Residents meet each other, get their mail, say hello to property management staff, and play together after school in the generous, day-lit lobby and garden courtyards. At the center of the block, the upper courtyard offers open greenspace for recreation and social gatherings with easy connectivity to the common room, family daycare units, community garden with ping pong table, and an exercise room. After dusk, the west side of the courtyard features an embedded screen for community movie nights. 📷: @brucedamonte

Posted: 05.23.2022

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In honor of #AffordableHousingMonth and #ThrowbackThursday, we’re excited to share a favorite from the archives: 1180 Fourth Street. Situated at the gateway into San Francisco’s Mission Bay, the building offers critically needed affordable housing for 150 low-income families, 50 of them formerly homeless. The rich program of tenant services and amenities (emphasizing fitness, nutrition, education and community life) are transformative in the lives of tenants. Details like this exterior stair connect residents with the city and each other: circulation flooded with daylight and city views, a multilevel courtyard at the mid-block, and special nooks for children to explore. Stay tuned for more. 1180 Fourth Street was a recipient of the 2016 AIA Housing Award. 📷: @brucedamonte

Posted: 05.20.2022

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Three housing prototypes combine modular, efficient cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction with biophilic design strategies to create healthy spaces where people live, work and learn. Wood is celebrated as a design element and emerging building technology with exposed CLT shear walls in residential units and key gathering spaces. # Student residences are centrally located at the core, or hearth, while community and amenity areas are showcased at the visible ends of the building. Heavy timber transfer decks at the base of each tower maximize flexibility for university program areas including classrooms, gyms, dining halls and shared campus amenities. Image by @plo.mp for Mithun

Posted: 05.14.2022