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The clients were living on a rural property east of Seattle but found themselves drawn back to the growing vibrancy and culture of the city.
Project name
Helen Street House
Architecture firm
mwworks
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA
Photography
Andrew Pogue
Understory at The Spheres is a multifunctional exhibit and visitor center designed to tell the story of The Spheres, Amazon’s iconic and wholly unique insertion into the heart of Seattle. The exhibit unravels the complexity of the architecture and engineering and the very idea behind bringing people closer to nature on a daily basis in the heart of...
Project name
Understory at The Spheres
Architecture firm
Graham Baba Architects
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA
Photography
Benjamin Benschneider
This mid-century home held promise, despite having endured a series of clumsy additions, including a 1980s sunroom addition and years of disrepair and neglect. The home takes its name from a family of starlings that nested in the home’s wall cavities, which were left open from previously abandoned repairs. Originally designed in 1952 by noted Seatt...
Project name
The Starling’s Nest
Architecture firm
Rerucha Studio
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA
Photography
Benjamin Benschneider
The 400-square-foot studio is located behind the Aaron and Kelsi Leitz's residence in West Seattle and serves as a photography studio and office for Aaron, as well as an exercise space for Kelsi, a Pilates instructor. 
Project name
Studio Leitz
Architecture firm
Heliotrope Architects
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA
Photography
Aaron Leitz
Built in 1914, Smith Tower was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi upon its completion. No expense was spared in the construction of this ambitious 462-foot-tall building, with interiors finished in rich materials and ornate detailing. Today, this iconic figure in the Seattle skyline houses offices and commercial spaces topped by an obser...
Project name
The Penthouse at Smith Tower
Architecture firm
Graham Baba Architects
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA
Photography
Tim Van Asselt
Approached initially to consult on site-selection, the firm encouraged the clients to focus on features that are unique to the San Juans such as grassy basalt rock outcroppings set within a Douglas fir and pacific madrone forest. The owners later purchased a hillside parcel possessing these features, the rock outcroppings forming a small clearing.
Project name
Buck Mountain Cabin
Architecture firm
Heliotrope Architects
Location
Orcas Island, Washington, USA
Photography
Taj Howe, Sean Airhart
The Surly Crab is a modern beach house located on Hood Canal in Washington state. Views to the west take in the waterway and the Olympic Mountains. Inland from the home is a lush forest with ferns, native rhododendrons, madrona, and fir trees.
Project name
The Surly Crab
Architecture firm
Eerkes Architects
Location
Hood Canal, Seabeck, Washington, USA
Surrounded by the world’s most high-tech fruit packing warehouses, the 16,500-square-foot Washington Fruit & Produce Co. headquarters is conceived as an oasis amidst a sea of concrete and low-lying brush landscape. Tucked behind landforms and site walls, this courtyard-focused office complex provides a refuge from the noise and activity of the indu...
Project name
Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters
Architecture firm
Graham Baba Architects
Location
Yakima, Washington, USA
Photography
Kevin Scott, Jenn LaFreniere