Project: Art Stable
Neighborhood: South Lake Union
Art Stable, developed by Point 32, is an urban vertical development in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. The name “art stable”, is a subtle reference to its previous use as a former horse stable. Now the site brings a highly formable/adaptable live-work space. The building is a artful illustration of re-newable design in an urban setting. Both sides of the building offer dramatic visuals including large commercial steel enclosed windows and hand-cranked doors that cover nearly 30% of the facade. The award winning architect, Tom Kundig imagined the windows carrying on a warehousing tradition of a space that allowed over-sized furniture and art to be moved into the building. Over-sized windows offer natural ventilation in each individual unit.
Units are designed to accommodate creativity. Offered in a “shell” form, they are flexible in use and can be situated in many ways. In addition they are zoned for both residential and commercial use. According to the Olson Kundig, “the shell and core of the building are built to last over 100 years”.
The building also offers high-efficency energy systems. Geothermal loops were inserted into the building’s structural piles. The result is an innovative and highly efficient radiant heating/cooling system. The building can also accommodate future use of Solar technology. Art Stable received a 2011 AIA Housing Award and was named residential architect magazine’s 2011 Project of the Year.
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