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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Design Soiree Calendar 2018

Beer & Boulders at Momentum

May 3, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Hosted by W. G. Clark Construction Co.
2759 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

Momentum is a new indoor climbing gym in SODO that provides climbing instruction, cardio and yoga classes based in the former 20,000 square foot Sears Automotive Center on 1st Avenue South. Converting this space to a multi-use climbing gym posed some unusual challenges. W. G. Clark was able to completely gut and retrofit the building as well as add a 60’ clerestory ceiling to accommodate the climbing structure all during “adverse weather conditions”.

At this event you’ll get a behind the scenes look at the gym and an opportunity to try your hand at bouldering before enjoying a tasty brew and learning about all that goes into building such a unique space.



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Queen Anne Modern

May 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Hosted by Heidi Beck & Graham Baba Architects
Address to be given to registered guests only


Enjoy the evening in this elegant custom home designed by Graham Baba Architects, an award-winning Seattle architecture firm known for their attention to detail and use of honest materials. Although they may be most well known for their large commercial projects like the Washington Fruit & Produce Co. headquarters, Chophouse Row, Melrose Market, and the Kolstrand Building their portfolio also includes several exquisite residences throughout the Pacific Northwest and the new speakeasy beneath the Spheres, Deep Dive.

Join the architect and host to hear about the inspiration and process behind the design of this unique Graham Baba home. The Beck residence is a modern and airy example of contemporary Pacific Northwest Style inspired by the surrounding landscape and views.

Photo: Benjamin Benschneider



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Reduce, Reuse, Rebar: Nucor Steel Mill

May 10, 9:30 – 12:00 PM
Hosted by Nucor Steel
2424 SW Andover Street
Seattle, WA 98106

NUCOR Steel, founded in 1905 is the largest steel producer and recycler (of any material) in North America. Right in West Seattle a Nucor steel mill is turning out rebar by the ton and although it’s used in almost every construction project in the city most people aren’t aware that this industrial steel is produced in their own backyards.

Join us in “Little Pittsburg” for a tour of NUCOR’s mill and learn about the fiery work of metal processing. We’ll don safety suits and steel ourselves with some tasty donuts before forging onto the manufacturing floor.



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Sketch Picnic at the Quad With Goodspeed Architecture

June 15, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Hosted by Jim Goodspeed of Goodspeed Architecture
On the UW Campus at War Memorial Flagpole
Memorial Way NE between Parrington Hall and Kane Hall

Join us in the beautiful serenity of the UW Liberal Arts Quad while learning the art of sketching. SAF’s very own tour guide Jim Goodspeed (of Goodspeed Architecture) will be leading the way and covering concepts such as composition, perspective, shade, shadow and other techniques. Of course, you’ll try your own hand at sketching some of the amazing buildings & landscape that abounds on campus – all while picnicking on hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Jim has sketched extensively throughout Europe, Asia and here at home and says that it has had a profound effect on his sense of design and ability to see & observe. He hopes the same can happen for you. Those who are more advanced in the art are welcome to join as well because… it’s going to be fun anyway!

You are encouraged to bring a sketchbook of blank paper (no lines) and an assortment of pens that will allow you to go both bold and fine. Other media, including color are welcome as well, though erasers are discouraged because mistakes are part of the beauty!



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Cocktails on the Canal With SABArchitects and Westlake Consulting Group

June 27, 5:00 – 7:30 PM
Hosted by SABArchitects, Inc. & Westlake Consulting Group
2 Nickerson St #200
Seattle, WA 98109


SABArchitects and Westlake Consulting Group are pleased to invite you to our scenic Fremont Canal offices for a discussion on the intricacies of reinventing historic spaces while championing client needs.

In the ever-changing world of project design and delivery our teams constantly push to re-imagine what can be done with space. As historic buildings age, their uses change, and the needs of the communities they inhabit change with them. On behalf of clients, architects and owners, our representatives work together to preserve the integrity of consequential buildings; to revitalize them while ensuring that they honor their communities and the people who will spend time in them.

Join us for a tour hotdogs, cocktails, and few strange stories about the metamorphosis of spaces.
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