Inspired by the breath-taking views of and on Lake Union, this new corporate headquarters is filled with references of lapping waves and water droplets, sparkling ripples and reflecting light. Reference to the boats found on the lake as well made for design fodder; white arching sails and teak underfoot of a sailboat, high gloss finishes of a speed boat and literally the rusted propeller from a work boat. Found and custom furniture and signage from local Georgetown businesses (Kirk Albert, Susan Wheeler, Kassie Keith) fill the cafe and lounge. One felled Elm tree (which had to come down due to Dutch Elm decease) was reworked into MOST ALL the cafe tables by the brilliant folks at Urban Hardwoods. An inspired space for workers and a point of pride for many of its fabricators in our rapidly changing city of Seattle.
There are no boundaries in design. From a 240,000SF new headquarters for Zulily.com (w/ Marvin Yamaguchi) to a small burger bar on Capitol hill, from a 50,000sf workplace for a train control company in Renton to a 200sf kitchen/ bathroom renovation of a 1910 house in Greenwood, from a 6′ x 36′ rope installation at Percy’s in Oldtown Ballard (employing my ringer splicer, my sailor hubbie) to a designer bag display from Nordstrom worldwide (done while contract with Callison Architecture), to me it’s all about solving a specific spatial quandary. Though the scale, the budget, the mediums may vary, at the base of all my design work are three questions: How can this thing work more efficiently, inspire more profoundly and be more fair and kind to more people and the planet.