2011 Recipient | AIA Housing Awards

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Art Stable | Notes of Interest

Art Stable is an urban infill project in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Built on the site of a former horse stable, the seven-story building includes a ground level commercial unit, second-story parking, and five units of adaptable live-work space. Units are designed to accommodate flexibility in use and changes over time.

The concrete structure is designed to take heavy loads, and all structural and mechanical systems are exposed. Units are zoned for both residential and commercial use. Large operable doors on the alley side of the building can be manually opened with a custom-designed hand wheel and hinge. The 80' 5" tall hinge terminates in a davit crane on top of the building, which can lift objects from the alley into each unit.

The use of concrete, steel and glass draws upon the warehouse typology of the formerly industrial neighborhood. Interior build-outs will be determined by each unit’s owners, who will also be able to punch windows into the north façade of the building, providing a personalized balance between privacy and transparency. On the west-facing street side of the building, oversized hinged windows allow for cross-ventilation.

The project employs numerous sustainable features: energy-efficient radiant heating and cooling supported by an innovative geothermal system; natural ventilation and daylighting; flexibility to support future installation of rooftop photovoltaic panels and electric-car charging; and flexibility of space to anticipate changes in use over the building’s lifetime.

Additional Credits

  • Photo Credit: © Olson Kundig Architects; © 2010 colvio
  • Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Contractor: Exxel Pacific General Contractors
  • Mechanical Contractor: Hermanson Company, LLC
  • Mechanical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: DCI – Engineers

Art Stable

Jury Comments

This is a home for artists that rises to the level of high art itself.

Its style, along with the operable doors and the crane on the roof, seems very Dutch in feel. It is very cleverly detailed.

It almost has a handmade look – it seems to represent what the art is all about and harken artists to the workshop.

2011 AIA Housing Awards Jury

  • Katherine Austin, AIA, Chair
  • Katherine Austin Architect
  • Sebastopol, Calif.
  • Claire Conroy
  • Residential Architecture Magazine
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Mike Jackson, FAIA
  • Historical Preservation Agency
  • State of Illinois
  • Springfield, Ill.
  • Luis Jauregui, AIA
  • Jaurequi, Inc.
  • Austin, Tex.
  • Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA
  • Florida International University Miami
  • Coconut Grove, Fla.

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