The Modern List Seattle

In addition to a few recent projects here in Seattle, we’ve noticed that there are some great examples of architecture that have been around for decades and should be represented. Today’s post should bring you up to speed with the current work as well as some staples of Seattle design that we should all be familiar with. Many more on The Modern List Seattle… and as always, let us know what we missed.

Recently, the City of Seattle authorized the painting of repetitive geometrical patterns to the underside of some of the more oppressive I-5 underpasses. We got our own up here in Ravenna, and we have to admit that it makes the pedestrian experience much more pleasant. Coincidence that we named this location as one of the top candidates to turn into a legal graffiti park in an earlier post?
[Photo by BUILD LLC]

The geometrical frames also allow for some good impromptu Banksy like stenciling.
[Photo by BUILD LLC]

Four Seasons Hotel and ART restaurant, 99 Union St


[Photo courtesy of The Four Seasons]

Spring Hill Restaurant in West Seattle at 4437 California Ave SW, 206.935.1075 by Heliotrope Architects

[Photos courtesy of Spring Hill]

Remedy Teas on Capital Hill at 345 15th Avenue East, (206) 323-4832 by Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects
[Photo courtesy of Remedy Teas]

Queen Anne Residence on 8th Ave W by Eric Cobb


[Photos by BUILD LLC]

Queen Anne Residence by Olson Architects
[Photo by BUILD LLC]

Sea-Tac Airport Concourse A addition by NBBJ, landscape architect Robert Murase
[Photos by BUILD LLC]

4109 Lake Washington Blvd S. designed by Thomas Isarankura, developed and built by Ainslie-Davis Construction. The house is currently on the market and BUILD kicked the tires at the open house. We were very pleased with the overall design, detailing and amazing lot. Nice job to the develop/design/build team.
[Photo courtesy of Ainslie Davis Construction]

Seattle’s finally got itself a good place to buy European city bikes. Dutch Bike Co., 4421 Shilshole Ave NW, 206.789.1678

Molly Moon’s Ice Cream Shop, 1622 ½ N 45th St, Wallingford, 206.547.5105
[Photo by TinderBOX]

Trabant Coffee Shop downtown at 602 2nd Ave by Bo Hagood of Made LLC and Travis Latta of Lattaworks
[Photo by BUILD LLC]

Seattle Public Library Montlake Branch by Weinstein A|U
Weinstein AU- Montlake Library
[Photos courtesy of Weinstein A|U]

Bethany Community Church‎ at 8023 Green Lake Dr N by Miller|Hull

[Photo by BUILD LLC]

Fremont Peak Park is one of the best little secrets of the city. Located in Fremont near the zoo at 4357 Palatine Ave. N, by Haddad-Drugan. Read about the complicated process to get it realized here.
[Photos courtesy of Haddad-Drugan]

Novelty Hill Januik Winery at 14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE by Mithun


[Photos courtesy of Mithun]

Seattle’s starting to feel a little more big city with the push for better transportation and real transportation maps (inspired by the New York Subway system maps).
thanks to Gavin for the tip
[Image courtesy of Puget Sound Rail]

Pifer House, 1217 Willard Ave W at Parsons Gardens by Ralph Anderson, 1970
[Photo by BUILD LLC]

Marine Sciences Building on the UW campus by Liddle & Jones, landscape by Richard Haag, 1967
[Photo by BUILD LLC]

Nuclear Reactor Building on the UW campus by The Architect Artist Group (Lovett, Streissguth, Zema, Torrence), 1960. The building was recently added to the state list of historic buildings, read more about it here.
[Photo by BUILD LLC]


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Thanks for putting the Marine Sciences Building on there, it’s easy to miss!

Have to say that I can’t help but see the painted columns as a huge missed opportunity. The repetition of the columns could’ve been exploited by varying the painted patterns…driving by it now makes this possibility seem completely obvious. As it is, it is incredibly static and totally dull. Hopefully there will be more graffiti to dress it up soon…

Comment by casey

As usual, I’m familiar with about 1/3 of your places- thanks for bringing them to my attention.
I’ve had a chance to go into the Montlake library and it really is a great building inside and out.
I also had dinner at Spring Hill and the interior is great. I can’t figure out why they kept the old glass and drafty malfunctioning front door though. As silly as it may sound, the first experience (opening the door) wasn’t very pleasant and the draft coming through the bar made me wonder why this basic piece of the project wasn’t addressed.

Comment by Samuel

Great list guys! Thanks for putting the time into it. Remedy Teas is one of my fav places in the city. If you ever get to Issaquah, the library there is also very cool.

Comment by goodchemist

have you guys been to poco?

Comment by mike

Mike – Although we covered it in A previous Modern List Seattle post, we still haven’t been there. Got some scoop?

Comment by buildllc

Thanks for including our Pioneer Square location in the Modern List Seattle! We had 2 very wonderful people help us with the counters, Bo Hagood of Made LLC, who produces wonderful modern furniture and design, and Travis Latta of Lattaworks. The photo is very out of date, so let me know if you’d like a more recent one.

Comment by Michael

Michael – thanks for the scoop. We’d love updated photos of the super hot Trabant space. You can email them to

Comment by buildllc

I feel honored; we made your list with Molly Moon’s Ice Cream! We designed and built that little low cost gem last year. Another is in the works!

Comment by meredith@dovetail

Nice examples.

Comment by seattlewa77

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