Graphite Sustainability Initiative- The Design Strategy
Drawing inspiration from the history of Lake Union and the materiality of wooden structures, the project takes on the form of two boats facing the lake. Rooted in the sustainable aspirations, the concept of building a vessel for performance becomes a strong metaphor for the project. Using Lake Union as a focal point, two architectural shells elevate and rotate, bows facing the Lake, providing separate facade designs. While the port and starboard sides have subtly adjusting views through solar controlling “fins” resembling rib structures, the stern and bow provide a brise soleil style solar control and floor to head transparency for the northern facade.
The two shells are then connected at the southern and northern ends providing a “race-track” for office circulation and planning. At the center of these multi-tiered pathways of connection under and through the building are active retail, restaurant, and bike facilities, elevators stairs and drop offs. Transitional environments are created providing the user with access to the outdoors. Places like the northern plaza and boardwalk on Valley Street, podium level central forest between the towers, or greenhouse bridges above. With historical and regional context as drivers, the building and site compositions partner with passive and active environmental systems, all tailored to provide a high degree of environmental performance with aesthetic interest.
What is a 'Woonerf' anyway?
11/24/20Facebook has expanded its Seattle presence again. According to The Seattle Times, this sub-section of the company, with headquarters based in Menlo Park, California, recently moved into a new office building at 1101 Dexter Avenue to house their employees in the epicenter that is South Lake Union.
A Sense of Scale
11/24/20This is the footprint of Alderwood Mall overlaid on Paris, France. We will walk 600 feet through a parking lot to get to the front door of a car-free, walkable shopping experience. In Paris, that 600 feet is an entire block of those very same stores in a walkable safe environment.
Graphite Sustainability Initiative- Living Building Challenge and Beyond