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Art Stable is an urban infill project in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Built on the site of a former horse stable, the seven-story building includes a ground level commercial unit, second-story parking, and five units of adaptable live-work space. Units are designed to accommodate flexibility in use and changes over time.

The concrete structure is designed to take heavy loads, and all structural and mechanical systems are exposed. Units are zoned for both residential and commercial use. Large operable doors on the alley side of the building can be manually opened with a custom-designed hand wheel and hinge. The 80' 5" tall hinge terminates in a davit crane on top of the building, which can lift objects from the alley into each unit.


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The use of concrete, steel and glass draws upon the warehouse typology of the formerly industrial neighborhood. Interior build-outs will be determined by each unit’s owners, who will also be able to punch windows into the north façade of the building, providing a personalized balance between privacy and transparency. On the west-facing street side of the building, oversized hinged windows allow for cross-ventilation.

The project employs numerous sustainable features: energy-efficient radiant heating and cooling supported by an innovative geothermal system; natural ventilation and daylighting; flexibility to support future installation of rooftop photovoltaic panels and electric-car charging; and flexibility of space to anticipate changes in use over the building’s lifetime.


Project details:

Architect: Olson Kundig Architects

Developer: Point32
Location: Seattle

Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Contractor: Exxel Pacific General Contractors
Mechanical Contractor: Hermanson Company, LLC
Mechanical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: DCI – Engineers

Photographs: © Olson Kundig Architects; © 2010 colvio

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