Building Up Eastlake

As a follow up to our last post, two b9 projects in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood are well underway and we are excited to see the progress of these projects.

The project below will bring 6 row houses with roof deck views of South Lake Union. 

This project will bring four row houses by the lake near Lynn Street Park.

Check back for more images as these two projects progress!

On the Horizon : b9 in Eastlake

Finally! Construction is under way on several b9 projects at the moment. Two of these, which are nearly neighbors in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood, require some imagination at the moment since they are barely out of the ground. Both projects were designed with their site in mind and made sure to take advantage of the local topography and maximize access to daylight.

Here are a few visual aids and, as always, let us know what you think!

 Newtown project site

Newtown project site

 Render of Newtown project

Render of Newtown project

  This community of homes on Fairview Ave. will incorporate a street-side “dock” that opens to the west. Lake union is just across the street!

This community of homes on Fairview Ave. will incorporate a street-side “dock” that opens to the west. Lake union is just across the street!

the passive townhouse

Here at b9, we are always looking for ways to innovate and to do work with clients who are excited about doing something different. The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has picked up on our project with Seattle-based Cascade Built to construct five townhouses in Madison Valley. Two of these will be built to Passive House standards, a rigorous metric for energy efficient construction. The primary design considerations for Passive House are a super-insulated envelope and the utilization of passive solar strategies. The construction methods seek to eliminate thermal bridges and provide a super-tight building envelope in conjunction with heat-recovery ventilators. The result is a home that can reduce the amount of energy required for heating and cooling by 90% compared to typical construction.

Read more from the DJC about the project here. And if you are interested in the Passive House standard and how it is being utilized in the Northwest, check out the resources on their website: Passive House Northwest.

  Two of the homes planned will be designed to meet Passive House standards. The current design also proposes reclaimed wood siding at the street facade.

Two of the homes planned will be designed to meet Passive House standards. The current design also proposes reclaimed wood siding at the street facade.

First Thursday with Amy Anderson's "Stacked"

We’re excited for this one: b9architects is lucky to have local artist  present her whimsical and textured “Stacked: A Series of Twisted Totems”. On August 1st at 5pm, come on by the office at 210 S Jackson St for a chance to meet Amy, check out her work, and enjoy some refreshments.

If you haven’t been down to the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk, you don’t want to miss this one. In addition to Amy’s work, there are dozens of galleries to explore nearby as well as a network of alleys that are coming together to present Alleypalooza from 5pm – 9pm. So drop on by b9 to say hi, check out some art, and then get lost in the alleys of Pioneer Square!

AIA Selection for the Explore Design Home Tour

We are happy to announce that a b9 project, Family Share, will be one of seven featured for the first annual AIA Explore Design Home Tour. The tour will take place onSeptember 14th, 2013 and features excellent work by a group of local architects including Suyama Peterson Deguchi, David Neiman Architects, Adams, Mohler + Ghillino Architects, Johnston Architects, NK Architects, and Coop 15 Architecture. The tour will also be a component of the Seattle Design Festival.

Lately, we tend to view architecture through carefully framed photographs that are limited in their ability to tell the whole story of any given project. This tour will be a great opportunity to actually experience a type of work that we see every day (in our own homes), but rarely have access to (in other people’s homes). It will also be an opportunity to see some really superb homes. Contact AIA Seattle for more details. We hope to see you out there!

  Family Share is located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle.

Family Share is located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle.