Archinect - News 2015-10-08T19:52:17-04:00 Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-23T15:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T15:42:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle's tallest skyscraper is about to get a much taller neighbor. New information submitted to the city shows that the skyscraper planned for Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street will be 101 stories tall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Move over LA, Seattle is reaching for the skies: the US Bank Tower may just get knocked off its throne as a proposed tower for Seattle is set to claim its spot as the tallest building on the West Coast.<br><br>The 1.2-million-square-foot building is slated for the west-side of 4th Ave, directly across from Seattle's current tallest building, Columbia Tower.<br><br>While the expected height in feet has not been released, the floor count exceeds the US Bank Tower's 73 floors, and comes close to that of the nation's tallest building, the 104-story One World Trade Center.<br><br>Plans for the building were filed earlier this year by Miami-based developer Crescent Heights. According to a statement, their aim is to create "an iconic building that redefines the skyline and changes the way we live, work and play downtown."</p> Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same" Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T15:19:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are ways to bring elegance to 5 over 1 structures, but it requires a high degree of skill and commitment. Only a very talented designer can take such a limited palette of materials and make the resulting building interesting, if not elegant. But developers must be willing to hire those skilled designers. Many are simply not interested. [...] Hence, the wildly uneven &mdash;&nbsp;and often uninspiring&nbsp;&mdash; architecture in Seattle today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar tenor in other booming parts of the nation:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> $90K feasibility study proposed for Puget Sound bridge made from decommissioned aircraft carriers Justine Testado 2015-04-13T17:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The bridge, should it be built, would be about a mile long. It would span Sinclair Inlet, connecting Bremerton and Port Orchard, about 15 miles west of Seattle. Today, it&rsquo;s a 10-mile, often traffic-clogged, drive between the towns. Rep. Jesse Young, whose district includes these two towns, thinks using an old carrier or two would make a fine tourist attraction and tribute to the military.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p> Get Lectured: Washington State University, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-10T14:09:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:46:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from the Washington State University College of Design and Construction.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Unless noted, all lectures take place at 5 p.m. in Goertzen Communication Addition 21.</p><p><em>Feb 20</em><br><strong>Jaime Velez </strong>/ Director of Interior Design, SOM - Chicago<br>&ldquo;SOM Interiors&rdquo;</p><p><em>Feb 23</em><br><strong>Ric Peterson</strong> / Principal at Suayama Peterson Deguchi, Seattle<br>&ldquo;Space, Boldly Going Where&hellip;&rdquo;<br>at Fine Arts 5062</p><p><em>Mar 25</em><br><strong>Rhoda Altom </strong>/ President, Milestone Properties &amp; Development</p><p><em>Apr 6</em><br><strong>Stephanie Bower</strong> - Architectural Illustrator<br>&ldquo;Sketching to See &amp; Learn Architecture&rdquo;</p><p><em>Apr 7</em><br><strong>Shannon Nichol </strong>/...</p> About that troubled Seattle Tunnel – an interview with local advocate Cary Moon Archinect 2015-01-06T18:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T18:55:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there&rsquo;s anything positive to emerge from the current mess, it&rsquo;s that local advocates like Cary Moon, who warned against building the tunnel in the first place, are commanding attention again. Moon recently took to the pages of the local alt-weekly, the Stranger, to argue that in light of the tunnel project&rsquo;s spectacular, slow-motion meltdown, the city should explore other options.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel</a></p> In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T23:02:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ancient Egypt endured plagues of locusts. Seattle has its tunnel, which over the last year has featured a series of setbacks and fiascos that, depending on one&rsquo;s outlook, can be the setup for a punch line, or an eye-rolling narrative of put-upon endurance. In the latest blow, project engineers said this week that 30 or more buildings in the historic Pioneer Square area [...] had unexpectedly settled, possibly because of water pumping related to the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tom Kundig loses lawsuit against his Washington valley cabin Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-21T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T13:34:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The steel structure looms large from Midge Cross and Scott Johnston's back porch. And from the beginning they say Architect Tom Kundig and his partners ignored land covenants meant to prevent any ridgeline buildings that would be visible from below. "To me it was the extended third finger," said Cross. "Like, 'Up yours, Mazama, we can put this here and the heck with you guys.'"</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the fall of 2012, Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects built a private cabin on the picturesque ridge of the Methow Valley in Washington. Prior residents of the valley's Mazama community were miffed by the ruined view, and claimed that the cabin violated "protective covenants for visual consideration", established in 1987. They were joined by current property owners and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sued Kundig last year</a>. Kundig has now been ordered by the court to move the hut away from the ridgeline.</p><p>Kundig is no stranger to Washington, or off-grid cabin architecture &ndash; a native of Spokane, Kundig was educated and practices as an architect in Washington with Olson Kundig Architects, and his "Rolling Huts" offer modest camping lodges near Mazama. While Kundig hasn't offered any official comments on the case, his office did state that&nbsp;"Tom Kundig designed this cabin with the valley's natural elements and history as a priority. His aim has been to create a building that embodies the Pacific Northwest spirit of ...</p> Rescuing Washington's Skyline Jack Waterman 2014-10-20T17:10:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T21:00:25-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Clinging to antiquated urban notions, the District&rsquo;s building height regulations imagine a skyline filled with spires, domes and minarets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The debate over the Capital's skyline should not pit preservationists against contemporary designers. In fact, regulations that take advantage of the rooftop space would contribute to the monumental character of the city.&nbsp;</p> Lawsuit Filed Against Architect Tom Kundig DianePham 2013-07-15T17:08:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T21:58:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We never would have expected Tom Kundig to be embroiled in legal battle with a community of conservationists, but the characteristically eco-minded architect was slapped with a lawsuit a few weeks ago by residents of Methow Valley, WA. As it turns out, one of Kundig&rsquo;s newest construction, dubbed the Flagg Mountain Hut, protrudes into the viewshed of a pristine ridge in the valley... the community is not happy with the project and they&rsquo;ve launched a campaign asking the owners to move the hut.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architect Jim Olson, of Olson Kundig Architects, to design Museum of Art Archinect 2013-03-07T20:21:00-05:00 >2013-03-11T18:33:19-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The award-winning firm of world renowned Seattle architect Jim Olson has been selected to design the new Museum of Art at Washington State University.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> National Mall Design Competition Selects the Three Winning Teams Alexander Walter 2012-05-03T19:28:00-04:00 >2012-05-04T07:52:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the Trust for the National Mall announced the three winning teams of the National Mall Design Competition. [...] The competition winners are: Union Square: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Davis Brody Bond; Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds: OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi; Constitution Gardens: Rogers Marvel Architects + Peter Walker and Partners</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens in Washington Archinect 2011-08-26T00:43:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We don&rsquo;t even see his feet. He is embedded in the rock like something not yet fully born, suited and stern, rising from its roughly chiseled surface. His face is uncompromising, determined, his eyes fixed in the distance, not far from where Jefferson stands across the water. But kitsch here strains at the limits of resemblance: Is this the Dr. King of the &ldquo;I Have a Dream&rdquo; speech? Or the writer of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> One less free museum: Building Museum to begin charging admission Alexander Walter 2011-06-15T14:59:06-04:00 >2011-06-15T15:00:17-04:00 <img src="" width="240" height="179" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s difficult in this town to compete with the quality and price of the Smithsonian. DC is uniquely blessed with such incredible public museums that private museums often have to compete, and while they often do it incredibly well, it&rsquo;s tough to see one move from a free model to one supported by admission fees. The National Building Museum announced today that by the end of the month they will be charging an $8 fee for adults, and a $5 fee for children, students, and seniors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>