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]


The New Modern List
July 24, 2008, 10:27 pm
Filed under: The Modern List, The Modern List Seattle

Thanks to the constant harassment of our tech savvy friends, we’ve finally migrated the Flash based Modern List website to an html blog format. Subsequently the new and improved Modern List has a fresh face and better function (hopefully). The benefits are:

The Modern List now works on your iPhone, Treo and Blackberry
There are hotlinks to Google Maps for addresses & auto dial hotlinks for phone #s
The entire site is now html so you can copy and paste the text
The loading should be a bit faster
It’s easier and faster for us to update the content
Our friends can’t make fun of us anymore for using Flash

The disadvantage of moving from a Flash based site is that we have less control over the graphics and composition of the site – but we’ve done our best with the WordPress template. The Flash based site also worked well with the Adobe Illustrator files which were the source files for the physical book. So there won’t be a book anymore -but who needs a book when you can get it on your iPhone.

So take The Modern List Seattle for a test spin and tell us what you think. After we get some feedback we’ll continue to update the other cities and maybe even add more…

The Modern List Seattle
May 11, 2008, 11:06 pm
Filed under: The Modern List Seattle

It’s time to get a few newly discovered and recently remembered items up on the blog. Last Friday evening the University of Washington held their annual Headlines Exhibit which highlights dozens of architectural projects that will soon be in construction. It’s a rare view at the design process and a great way to keep a pulse on what is coming Seattle’s way. It only runs for two weeks so get over to the UW and check it out. There are many more recommendations for Seattle at The Modern List and, as always, give us a shout if we missed anything.

2008 UW Headlines Exhibit from May 9 to May 25
College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 3949 15th Ave NE, 224 Gould Hall

[crappy photo by BUILD llc]
To you smaller architectural practices out there – this annual exhibit needs you. When first started, the exhibit was a good spectrum of northwest firms doing local work. Gradually the exhibit is getting consumed by the big sweat-shop design firms doing high rise projects in distant places. It’s losin its soul – so cowboy up next year.

Stumptown Coffee on 1st Hill, 1115 12th Ave

Café Press on 1st Hill, 1117 12th Ave, 206.709.7674
Some nice industrial interior design and a rack of cool magazines at the front.

Poco Wine Room, 1408 east Pine Str, 206.322.9463 by Department of Design

The Bernard in lower Queen Anne, Denny & Warren Ave N by Weinstein A|U
kudos to the developer and architect for doing something lasting and sharp.

[Photo by BUILD llc]

Fix design showroom, 570 1st Ave S, 206.838.3838
Newly remodeled, they rep cabinets, plumbing fixtures and all the cool stuff that goes along.

Joule restaurant, 1913 N 45th Str, 206.632.1913

[Photo by The Seattle PI]

Carnitech Headquarters at Pier 91 by Patano + Hafermann Architects
Some of you may have noticed this clean, modern piece of architecture going up between Queen Anne and Magnolia. Nice job to Chris and Laura of Studio PH on the completion.

[Photo from]

Standard Home 1108 Pike Street, 206.464.0850
Beautifully restored Scandinavian and mid-century modern furniture.

Seva Home, 900 Lenora Street #116, 206.323.9920

Seattle’s Civic Architecture
March 23, 2008, 10:49 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Seattle, The Modern List Seattle, Urban Architecture

We can’t even imagine how difficult it must be to do inspiring, forward thinking architecture at the civic level in Seattle. Over the last eight years a handful of firms have been doing some very admirable projects despite the growing challenges of public work and the increasing complexity of obtaining a building permit through Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Here are a number of excellent architectural contributions that have beaten the odds:

Fire station 10 by Weinstein A|U, 2008
Fire Station 10 by Weinstein A|U

Fire Station 10 by Weinstein A|U

Seattle West Precinct/911 by Weinstein A|U, 2000
West Precinct/911 by Weinstein A|U

West Precinct/911 by Weinstein A|U

Federal courthouse by NBBJ, 2004
Federal Courthouse by NBBJ

City Hall by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Bassetti Architects, 2003
Seattle City Hall by Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson

Seattle City Hall by Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson

Seattle City Hall by Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson

Seattle City Hall by Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson

Fisher Pavilion by Miller Hull, 2001
Fisher Pavilion by Miller Hull

Seattle Justice Center by NBBJ, 2003
Seattle Justice Center by NBBJ

…and of course the Seattle Public Library by OMA, 2004
Seattle Public Library by OMA

Seattle Public Library by OMA
Seattle’s branch libraries can be seen on an earlier post

So to those of you involved in this extraordinary work, does the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development stand in the way each step of the process on their own projects too?

Better know a neighborhood – Wedgwood, Seattle

Map Seattle

Seattle’s got some great lesser-known neighborhoods dotted with modern gems. North-east of downtown and due east of Green Lake sits the quiet but pleasantly modern neighborhood of Wedgwood. While the residential neighborhood itself is comprised of a wide range of architectural styles 35th Ave N.E., the main street running north-south in Wedgwood, is a nice tour of mid-century modernism with some contemporary additions and updates thrown in for good measure.

Map Wedgwood, Seattle

Starting from NE 65th Str and heading north on 35th Ave NE you’ll first notice the University Unitarian Church by Paul Kirk, built in 1960 (6556 35th Ave NE)

University Unitarian Church by Paul Kirk
Photo by BUILD llc

University Unitarian Church by Paul Kirk
Photo by BUILD llc

The Theodora by Robert Chervenak & Associates, 1965(6559 35th)

The Theodora by Robert Chervenak, photo by BUILD llc
Photo by BUILD llc

Seattle Public Library – North East Branch by Paul Thiry, 1954 (6801 35th Ave N.E.) We missed this one in our post on Seattle’s Other Public Libraries.
Seattle Public Library by Paul Thiry, photo by BUILD llc
Photo by BUILD llc

You’ll also pass by the Medical Clinic by Gene Zema, 1961 (6850 35th Ave NE), although we didn’t get a shot of it.

Wedgwood even has a handsome mega-chain-coffee-shop. We recommend you make it a bit more difficult for the folks at Starbucks to take over the world and get your coffee at Top Pot.

Mega-chain-coffee-shop, photo by BUILD llc
Photo by BUILD llc

Reward yourself for a successful tour of modernism at the home of the Northwest’s favorite doughnuts: Top Pot Doughnuts at 6855 35th Ave NE
Top Pot Doughnuts, photo by BUILD llc
Photo by BUILD llc

The Modern List Seattle

Map Seattle

Today we’re going to throw some more recent Seattle projects at you. Some of them are hot off the press and others have been around for several months. All are great additions to our little city. A big thanks to the restaurants that let us drop by and get a few photos.

Txori, 2207 2nd Avenue, 206.204.9771

While we’re not food critics the food here is excellent and it offers the small northern Spain tapas experience you last had after visiting the Bilbao Guggenheim. The design is kept simple and timeless – using the tidy organization of beautifully stored foods as the kitchen backdrop. The rotating art is simple and unassuming. There isn’t much elbow room but that’s precisely the authenticity you’re going there for.








Kurrent Restaurant + Bar, 600 E Pine, 206.323.1923

The interiors do a nice job of creating separate gathering areas that aesthetically relate to one another. A sleek see-through fireplace near the entry helps warm the body and spirit. The dark sumptuous structure is balanced with refreshing lime green furnishings.














Boom Noodle, 1121 E Pike Str, 206.701.9130

Boom has a policy of no interior photos (at least for us) so we won’t be showing off the slick interior – you’ll just have to experience it in person. The trendy restaurant and bar is situated in the extremely well designed Agnes loft building.


Boom Noodle




We have no idea who designed these restaurants – if you know, drop us a line, we’d love to give the architects and designers credit. For food reviews sink your teeth into this site on local restaurants.


Agnes Lofts, 1121 Pike Str (at 12th)

Clean, rational and inspiring. Weinstein Architects + Urban Designers LLC have a long track record of doing very handsome work in the northwest. The building houses 24 apartment units and ground level commercial space, including Boom Noodle restaurant.


Agnes Lofts


Agnes Lofts

Bertschi School, 2227 10th Avenue East

Miller Hull knocks the ball out of the park yet again with this regional modernist gem. The lucky elementary students attending this school will experience warm, sensible design from the get go.


Bertschi School


Bertschi School



Many, many more at The Modern List Seattle

Seattle’s other libraries
February 4, 2008, 1:19 am
Filed under: Architecture, Seattle, The Modern List Seattle, Urban Architecture

Map Libraries

Don’t get us wrong, we love the Seattle Library and everything it’s done for reading, spiral Dewey decimal systems, and librarian action figures. It’s just that so much attention has been paid to it and its Dutch author in the last several years that some very handsome work has been overlooked in town. We’ve rounded up images of eight hot Seattle branch libraries scattered around the city. These libraries appeal to us because they each have a successful design concept, are good examples of regional modernism, and have been well executed. Each of these libraries creates a sense of place and has been designed by a local architect – not that we have anything against the Netherlandian architects. By the way Amsterdam, just let us know when you’ll be awarding that enormous civic project to a Seattle based firm – our schedules free up a bit this spring…

Montlake Branch, 2401 24th Ave. E., Weinstein A|U

Seattle Public Library, Montlake Branch

Seattle Public Library, Montlake Branch

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch

Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch

Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch

Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch

Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., Johnston Architects & Cutler Anderson Architects

Seattle Public Library, Capitol Hill Branch

Seattle Public Library, Capitol Hill Branch

Central District (Douglass-Truth Branch), 2300 E. Yesler Way, Schacht Aslani Architects

Seattle Public Library, CD Branch

Thanks to the hard-working folks at Architechnophilia who covered this one back in October

Seattle Public Library, CD Branch

Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., Carlson Architects P.S.

Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch

Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch

Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., Miller Hayashi Architects

Seattle Public Library, Broadview Branch

Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., Buffalo Design

Seattle Public Library, Greenwood Branch

Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., The Miller Hull Partnership

Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch

Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch

Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch