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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