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Earlier this year, we committed to reevaluating our role within our local and global communities, to use our resources and privilege to support agencies of change. Alongside our internal conversations and reflections, we're dedicating quarterly donations to organizations fighting tirelessly in four arenas; Social Justice, the Environment, the Arts, and the Community. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Each quarter we will highlight and donate to organizations working in one of these areas. This quarter we’re focusing on the Arts. We are fortunate enough to be able to donate to three organizations who support and promote artists of varying cultures, backgrounds, and skill level through direct funding, community engagement, exposure, or physical space. This quarter's organizations are Wa Na Wari, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and Black Art Futures Fund. Please join us in celebrating local artists within your own communities and learning more about these amazing organizations. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Image 1: Wa Na Wari house, Seattle WA. Image source www.wanawari.org/photos⁠⠀ Image 2: NACF, image of artist fellows. Image source www.nativeartsandcultures.org⁠ Image 3: Black Art Futures Fund, parent and child painting. Image source www.blackartfutures.org/
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Siteline, a development blending residential, office, and retail under one roof, sits at the confluence of Lower Queen Anne, Denny Triangle, and South Lake Union. The mixed-use Uptown community draws inspiration from neighboring Seattle Center—the civic hub home originally developed for the 1962 World’s Fair—by weaving in history, context, and art into the design.⁠ ⁠ Team:⁠ @encorearch MainStreet Property Group⁠ GenCap Construction⁠ ⁠ Rendering by @notionworkshop⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #seattlearchitecture #mixeduse #southlakeunion #seattlearchitects
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Zella Apartments was recently awarded #LEEDSILVER !⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Inspired by the principles of feng shui, the project team embraced thoughtful symbolism in materials. A dragon’s scales rise from modular brick; a crisp metal panel represents a phoenix in flight; and fire and water elements throughout the project lend simultaneous energy and grace.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The 128 unit multi-family building also features warm, vertical sections of cedar, dramatic vertical strips of accent lighting that guide the eye upward, and horizontal black accent bands that unify the elevations. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Team:⁠⠀ @encorearch⁠⠀ @tmarchitectseattle⁠⠀ @weismandesigngroup⁠⠀ @grahambuilds⁠⠀ @rushingcompany⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Photography:⁠⠀ @builtworkphotography⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #seattlearchitecture #multifamilyarchitecture
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These past weeks we’ve taken a step back. We’ve been reflecting on past actions, listening to powerful voices in our community, and re-learning our history. Having uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and with each other is only the first step and by no means the last. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ As members of an industry where only 2% of licensed architects are Black, we must take action. Architecture plays a role in shaping our society and must be a reflection of its immense diversity. We pledge to continue to show up for you; walking in protests, actively educating ourselves, pausing our own voices to listen to yours. We must foster equity in an industry ripe with disparity. We feel it is incumbent upon us to use our resources to take immediate action to support organizations working towards change. We’re donating to NOMA, The National Organization of Minority Architects, an organization working to champion justice and equity in communities of color and the design professions. We’re also donating to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, an organization tirelessly fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ While this contribution is a start, we know it is not enough. We’re currently crafting a long-term strategy to upend racial inequality, hold ourselves accountable for the role we play, and foster a more diverse and inclusive design community. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ We have work to do.
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The Talisman is the first residential apartment addition to Redmond Town Center in Redmond Washington. The design weaves housing, parking and 9400 SF of retail mix-use into an existing parking lot. With context of lower retail and parking structures, we worked within city and Redmond Town center guidelines to break down the massing of the building through a (sub)urban kit of parts. By associating material and massing to anchors, bays, cores and ribbon, an otherwise massive block breaks down into a series of smaller elements.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Client: Lowe Enterprises⁠⠀ Contractor: Compass Construction⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ @talismanapts⁠⠀ @compassgc⁠⠀ Photos: @lokesh.singh.masania (drone photos)⁠⠀ Photos: @robrdeane – other photos⁠⠀ @redmondtowncenter⁠⠀ #multifamily #seattlearchitecture
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One of our current projects, Fireside, is situated within the vibrant Roosevelt neighborhood here in Seattle. The proposed 6 story building incorporates a gridded facade, referential of the neighborhood context, and a tapered form. Encapsulated within a super frame, the facade angles back, stepping along the northern face creating depth and shadow at the street front. The 102 unit project includes a large rooftop amenity space, biorention planters, private patios, and improved landscaping throughout the site. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Team:⁠⠀ @tmarchitectseattle⁠⠀ @weismandesigngroup⁠⠀ Renderings @notionworkshop
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Along with most of you, we’ve been social distancing. For us that means working from home and moving most of our meetings to videoconference. We quickly realized that with this shift in how we work, it’s important to take time to reach out to one another, to check in on our coworkers and their families as best we can. We are continuing to work, and work through this together.
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Sketching is an important part of our process. Sometimes these sketches can start to layer, creating new ideas and perspectives that lead to more thoughtful design. #sketch #multifamilyhousing #seattlearchitecture
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It’s Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day this weekend. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. As a women led office, we strive for inclusivity, work to challenge stereotypes, and fight for equality for all. #iwd2020 #wicweek2020 #womeninarchitecture
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Encore’s second annual chili cook off! Full of chili’s, cornbread, meat, and beans. Congratulations to our two winners this year!