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    Architecture Design and Building in Washington, USA - 01
    Architecture Design and Building in Washington, USA

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    ISLAND INN AT FRIDAY HARBOR

    The Island Inn at Friday Harbor has got it going on.

    With great bone structure, sleek proportions, and an au-courrant nerdy streak — wearing its hydrology on its sleeve — this nicely detailed project is a real model. — Published 2012.0919

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    SEATTLE DESIGN AWARDS 2006

    The Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects has just celebrated its 55-year-old program of design awards honoring the "the state of the art in architecture produced by the Washington design community." The chosen projects emphasize an environmental sensitivity and sense of place in a variety of regions throughout the state and in the very different but "neighboring" states of Alaska and Hawaii. — Published 2006.1206

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    LEED GOLD ELDER LIVING

    As "green" principles begin to take hold in U.S. firms, those architects who have been following them the longest are demonstrating a refined and diverse understanding of what "sustainability" means to a building's occupants. For the NBBJ design team for the Washington State Veterans' Home, sustaining the elderly inhabitants' quality of life was a key component of the design intent. — Published 2006.0809

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    SMALLER CHEAPER BETTER SCHOOL

    Do students learn better in smaller environments? A growing number of educators and architects think so, and in Federal Way, Washington, a few of them have created a school that reflects this conviction. Harry S. Truman High School is flexible enough to accommodate the "smaller is better" approach to education and innovative enough to win top honors from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). — Published 2005.0824

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    SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

    Were the architects inspired by sculpture when they designed the idiosyncratic form of the Seattle Public Library? Were they perhaps influenced by the angularity of the nearby street sculpture, Vertebrae, by Henry Moore? — Published 2005.0420

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    BLUFF HOUSE

    Since the mid-1960s, the firm Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects has created a series of houses across the country for art collectors, exploring the connection between art and craft. One such house perches on a Seattle-area hillside, deferring to nature. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger says of the firm's work: "this is an experiential architecture, not a theoretical one...marked by a self-assured and sensual presence, shaped by light, texture, materiality, and scale." Editor — Published 2003.0730

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    SUNSHINE ON CANCER CARE

    Cancer care has come a long way. The disease is no longer a death sentence, and the cure is no longer a journey into an underworld of new technologies tucked into hospital basements, walls doubled up to contain radiation. With its new home designed by NBBJ, the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle has taken another step, lifting cancer care into a realm of sensitivity and respect. — Published 2003.0129

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    MUSEUM OF GLASS BY ARTHUR ERICKSON

    Amid a scruffy sprawl of warehouses and marinas, on a former brownfield site in Tacoma, Washington, sits the sparkling new Museum of Glass. Subtitled the International Center for Contemporary Art, this is the most recent hope for reviving Tacoma's lackluster downtown core.

    The 75,000-square-foot (7000-square-meter), $63 million project was designed by the preeminent Canadian architect Arthur Erickson in collaboration with Nick Milkovich Architects Inc., of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Thomas Cook Reed Reinvald, of Tacoma. — Published 2002.1009

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    ENDURING BEAUTY AT WEYERHAEUSER HEADQUARTERS

    Set in an idyllic, rehabilitated setting in Tacoma, Washington, overlooking a lake, meadow, and woodland, is the corporate headquarters for Weyerhaeuser, one of the world's largest wood products manufacturing companies.

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced that its 2001 "Twenty-five-Year Award" will be given to the Weyerhaeuser Headquarters. The AIA gives this award annually to a building that exemplifies design of enduring significance. — Published 2001.0110

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