our practice

 

b9 architects' work focuses on creating positive change in the urban environment through innovative place-specific modern architecture. Supporting sustainable, transit-oriented, walkable communities, b9's completed works include urban single- and multi-family housing projects, live-work dwellings and commercial interiors. b9 architects also develops its own multifamily infill projects in Seattle. Multiple projects have preserved quality existing housing stock while providing additional density in the form of micro-communities. 

Through publications, speaking engagements and awards, b9 has been recognized for its innovation, design excellence and commitment to sustainability.

b9 architects, founded in 2001, is a 1% For the Planet member, donating a minimum of 1% of gross sales to environmental organizations.

b9 participates in Pioneer Square's First Thursday Art Walk.


site planning

Most of our projects are situated in urban settings.  In all projects we maximize the potential of each site.  This requires careful consideration of the position and arrangement of structures. We prioritize access to natural daylight and balance private and public experiences.  We focus on innovative water saving features, such as keeping the entire site pervious as well as low impact development techniques and goals to reduce energy consumption.  

Pedestrian focused site planning (reducing the importance of the automobile) and attention to detail lays the groundwork for establishing community.  The scale and rhythm of cladding encourages lingering by its repetition, shadows, and profile creating spaces that enrich and enliven the soul. 


energy

Our commitment to working towards carbon neutrality stems from a desire to minimize the amount of energy consumed by our practice and our buildings.  Many of our projects achieve the highest green standard with all targeting the highest level achievable given project constraints.  In our design and construction processes we always work to create innovative solutions while maximizing access to daylight and the performance of the building envelope. 

We research new and current available technologies to improve our project specifications including high performance triple-glazed windows, combined methods of insulation and supplemental energy production through sustainable technologies.  We commonly utilize solar technologies for heating water used in both domestic and heating needs as wellas solar photovoltaic panels for the production of electricity. 

In addition we commute by bicycle all year round, (no small task given the location of the office in downtown Seattle!).  


daylighting

We create spaces that enrich and enliven, excite and refresh.  Our interior volumes are open and expansive (even in our consciously designed projects with small footprints).  Large purposeful windows and glass doors bring more of the outdoors in and connect interior spaces with patios and balconies.  

Our projects maximize access to daylight, providing well-lit and dynamic interior spaces.

The projects thermal performance is unaffected by the larger amounts of glass because we use high-performance windows.  


materiality

A simple material palette combined with careful minimal detailing complement the open volumes we create.  We choose materials thoughtfully, sourcing local, reclaimed, recycled and repurposed material in all our projects.  Each project presents new opportunities to be innovative. 

Some materials we use include:

• reclaimed 80 year-old cedar siding from a deconstructed mill in eastern Oregon;

• reclaimed and remilled fir flooring and siding from local deconstructed army barracks;

• repurposed broken concrete from the project site to create permeable pavers;

• locally sourced 100% recycled Paperstone for counter tops and 

• lumber removed from structures that need to be deconstructed on site.

• rescued reclaimed African hardwoods for flooring


flexibility

We believe that the form (shape and material) of a space is more important that its content (use). That is to say that a space may have many uses and opportunities for interpretation.  

We appreciate great urban spaces that are in repurposed buildings benefiting from flexibility inherent in a structure's original design and construction.  

In our projects we purposefully create flexible spaces that offer the potential for multiple uses.  Doors behave as walls, separating and uniting distinct spaces when necessary.  Panels close rooms or open libraries or unique storage spaces.  Staircases act as entry volumes and extend visually and physically into adjacent spaces. A kit of parts can be created for an inexpensive and flexible catalog of building elements.

We embrace the possibility of reinterpretation of all these elements as that act expands on the original intent of the space.