DESIGN SOIRÉE

DESIGN SOIREE

Design Soirée is a series of exclusive design-oriented events in some of Seattle’s most interesting homes, design studios and a range of exciting and sometimes inaccessible spaces. These events are intended to cultivate a greater understanding and appreciation of how design enriches our lives. Each event includes food, drinks and activities curated by each host — architects, engineers, contractors, artists and more.

While enjoying yourself among colleagues, friends and new acquaintances, feel good knowing you are helping Seattle Architecture Foundation connect thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. All funds raised through Design Soirée support the various programs offered by SAF, including exhibits, tours, talks and programs that teach youth how design addresses social issues. SAF reaches more than 6,000 people a year through its programs, events and outreach activities.

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Digital Meets Physical at Octave 9

** This event has been postponed due to COVID-19. New date TBD**
March 24, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Hosted by: LMN Architects and Belle & Wissell
Octave 9 at Benaroya Hall
200 University St.
Seattle, WA 98101

Join us at Octave 9, an experimental performance space designed by LMN Architects for the Seattle Symphony. This innovative space takes advantage of the latest audio and visual technology, creating a highly flexible environment that artists can customize to create novel immersive experiences. Scott Crawford of LMN Architects will share how this project came about including the background on how LMN came to fabricate the ceiling for the space. Technology Director, Ed Tang & Principal, Gabe Kean from Belle & Wissell will join the conversation and discuss how the technology is digitally integrated to enhance the functionality of the space. Guests will also enjoy snacks and beverages while experiencing this unique venue.

Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

(Past Event) Station House | A Sneak Peek at Affordable Housing Over the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station

February 26, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Hosted by: Capitol Hill Housing, Schemata Workshop and Walsh Construction 
131 10th Ave E.
Seattle, WA 98102

Capitol Hill will be the home of a landmark Equitable Transit Oriented Development project – featuring 435 new homes for people of all incomes, as well as an array of new retail offerings, a child care facility, and the Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market. Unlike most new construction projects in Seattle, 40% of these new homes will be for low to moderate income families. 110 of those homes will be provided at the Station House – the newest, greenest, all affordable building in Capitol Hill Housing’s portfolio. Take a tour of the building and learn how it addresses the affordable housing crisis, provides living wage jobs, and contributes to the placemaking of this vibrant urban community.

Photo: Schemata Workshop

(Past Event) Experience NEXUS

March 3, 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Hosted by: Burrard Development & Weber Thompson
1808 Minor Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

Attendees will receive a behind the scenes tour of this brand new condominium tower in Seattle’s Denny Triangle. Hear from Weber Thompson, the architects, interior designers, and landscape architects behind the tower’s unique design and from Burrard Development, the progressive Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA-based developer who brought this concept to reality. You’ll receive exclusive access to common areas, amenities, residential units, and roof deck to enjoy snacks, beer and wine in the stunning SkyLoft amenity while the sun sets over the city. The design and development team will be on hand to answer your questions about this incredible project.

Photo: Weber Thompson

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5 months ago
Diamonds & Gold Tour: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | Sat, Nov 23 from 10am - 12pm | Seattle Architecture

Mark your calendar for our Diamonds & Gold Tour: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style! On this tour, we’ll go back in time to visit lush lobbies and ornate commercial buildings to learn how ... See more

Take a trip back in time to the Roaring 20s. Following the horrors of World War I, architects began fusing modern structural advances with beautiful, lively, organic designs to create the style known ... See more

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7 months ago
031: Obsession

Interesting article from Life of an Architect's perspective of his own personality type. What do you think? Is it true?

Do Architects have obsessive personalities? I tend to think so, and only partially based on my own behavior. I should throw out the caveat that I don’t think you should have to explain why you ... See more

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7 months ago
Seattle’s most significant terra cotta buildings

Are you looking for a self-guided tour of Seattle in the fall? This is a great article to follow if you like terra cotta buildings!

From window bays to walrus heads

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7 months ago
Wittman Estes and NODE use prefab elements to create rentable backyard cottage in Seattle

Check out Wittman Estes, one of the exhibitors at our Symbiosis / 22nd Annual Architectural Model Exhibition featured in this Dezeen article!

American firms Wittman Estes and NODE have created an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, that is wrapped in charred wood and runs entirely on solar power.

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7 months ago
Landscape architecture is getting a major international prize

"...surprisingly there hasn’t been a major international award recognizing the field of landscape architecture—until now."

The new prize, which comes with a $100,000 award, hopes to raise awareness of the the importance of landscape architecture today.

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7 months ago
Rainier Square skyscraper, set to be second-tallest in Seattle, reaches its full height

At 850 feet tall, it’s set to be the second-highest tower in all of Seattle—and as of last week, it already kind of is.

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7 months ago
Capitol Hill Design Crawl - Design in Public

The Capitol Hill Design Crawl will be August 17th, 9am-10pm, and includes a tour, a film screening, several panel discussions, a charette, a book signing and an exhibit.

The Capitol Hill ... See more

The Capitol Hill Neighborhood Design Crawl consists of concentrated events, open studios, exhibits, interactive workshops or participatory design interventions that are meant to activate and ... See more

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7 months ago
At the Powerhouse

Make art with Fremont Arts Council at the Luminata Lantern Workshops! They will have all the materials you need and workshop hosts will be on hand to guide you through the process. August 22 - 25

Drop by the Powerhouse Public Art Studio at 3940 Fremont Ave N. All are welcome to participate in FAC sponsored activities and events. We welcome a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds & art fo…

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7 months ago
Design in Public

Our friends at Design in Public are gearing up for the biggest event of the year; The 2019 Seattle Design Festival: Balance. Make sure to clear your week, it will be a great time! We'll be hosting ... See more

Design in Public celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle. We nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators.

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8 months ago
Photos from Seattle Architecture Foundation's post

Due to popular demand we've opened an additional August date for our Federal Avenue tour. On this tour you’ll see a variety of classic architectural styles from notable architects of the day, ... See more

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