Many of Puget Sound’s most beloved buildings were born from our rugged site and climatic conditions. Notable Northwest architects Paul Thiry, Wendell Lovett and Paul Hayden Kirk developed the architectural language of Northwest Regionalism, favoring locally harvested wood and stone that echoed the forested landscape and framed vistas of our mountains and waterways. Continue reading “Mass timber is bringing the warmth of wood to the workplace”
It all began about a decade ago, when developers were first eyeing the development potential of the regions north of downtown Seattle, occupied by aging warehouses and parking lots. Vulcan and Amazon helped solidify the future of SLU and Denny Triangle as a future hot spot, and many developers took notice. Continue reading “A vision for an urban room is realized in Denny Triangle”
Long gone are the days when student housing was synonymous with run-down, dilapidated, and mis-managed apartments. Students today are demanding extra amenities that will enhance their living experience, making today’s student housing model very similar to traditional market rate apartments. While student housing is aligning more closely with market rate apartments, there are some key differences in the amenities and services that students find desirable and can have a significant impact on a project’s success. Continue reading “Back to School: Designing Housing for Today’s Students”
Countless hours of hard work, collaboration and dedication to building an ultra-energy efficient multifamily Passive House project have paid off. Solis, our project located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, recently hit a very important milestone: it aced its preliminary air barrier test! Continue reading “It’s All In The Details: Our Solis Passive House Project Aces Its First Test”
Photo courtesy Meegan Amen / University of Washington
Like so many design firms in recent years, Weber Thompson has joined the national conversation about equity, design and inclusion in a big way. From supporting Seattle’s AIA Women in Design Committee and the AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable, to hosting a reception for Renee Cheng, the UW’s first person of color to serve as Dean of the College of Built environments, we’re working to help the practice of architecture become an intentionally equitable industry. Continue reading “Architecture Through the Lens of Hip Hop”
We’ve all received the evil eye from the barista when we occupy real estate for hours in the coffee shop trying to work remotely. Or distractions and failing technology prevent us from working at home. Perhaps we simply want to work in the presence of other people. Whatever the reason, we’ve seen coworking spaces take off in a variety of forms to help solve some of these issues. Continue reading “What is the Future Office for Remote Workers?”
The content for this post was written by Jenny Quill and was originally featured in the July 2019 edition of Alaska Beyond Magazine. Continue reading “Nexus featured in Alaska Beyond Magazine”
Earlier this month we attended the first annual Othello Square Summer Fair, a festive celebration of the Othello community and the neighborhood’s future. Weber Thompson led the effort to develop a Master Plan for the Othello Square project, and is the architect for two and landscape architect for all of the four buildings planned for the site.
Judges for the 2019 Gold Nugget Awards have named two Weber Thompson projects as award winners in its 56th annual competition, which honors design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. DATA 1’s Landscape received the Grand Award in the ‘Best Landscape Architecture for a Community’ category, and Arbora Court received a Merit Award in the ‘Best Affordable Housing Community – over 60 dwelling units per acre or more’ category. Continue reading “Press Release: Two Weber Thompson projects receive awards at the 2019 Gold Nugget Awards”
Certified Passive House Consultants Emily Doe and Aaron Swain recently presented the “Solis Condominiums: A Case Study for Multifamily Passive House Construction” webinar with the PHIUS (Passive House Institute US). Their discussion includes the top ten tips for pursuing this standard for multifamily buildings and also references case studies from their own projects.
Watch the full webinar presentation below and learn more in their recent blog post “Top 10 Tips for Multi-Family Passive House Design.”