Location: Seattle, WA Size: 2,000 sf
Seattle-based furniture procurement and West Elm Workspace dealer, oBJEKTS, needed a space where they could work, host and entertain clients, and showcase the range of their brands. Located in a one-story 1940’s-era building—originally a foundry—in Seattle's rapidly evolving Belltown neighborhood, this modest, 2,000-square-foot project is a study in contrasts. Outside, the building has been painted off-white, presenting a serene, neutral exterior to the streetscape. Inside, the architects stripped the space back to its bones, exposing masonry and cast-in-place concrete walls and concrete floors, and opened up the ceiling plane to reveal the building’s wood glulam truss system. Wood from the demolition was re-used to create a display wall. Glossy black Fireclay tiles clad a rectangular volume housing office utility functions that include the kitchen, bathroom, and storage space. A conference room is slotted in behind the tiled volume and is separated from the rest of the office with sliding translucent panel garage doors. An accordion window-wall system at the rear of the building opens up the interior to the alleyway, which functions as an urban porch. Swirling murals decorate the two exterior corners of the building facing the parking lot. The end result is a contemporary, open and welcoming workspace with a nod to texture and materiality.