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A postcard from Seattle

A big hello from Seattle!  I’m here all week for a conference and darted out yesterday afternoon to take advantage of a few minutes of free time to explore the city and see what inspiration I could find on the design and architecture front. To be honest, I didn’t make it very far before succumbing to the magnetic pull of a good Sunday brunch, so my findings were limited.  So holed up in a hotel room later I thought I’d take a look at some Seattle architecture online.

Firstly, a lot of the talk around local architecture here seems to focus on houseboats, who knew! There are some pretty fantastic living spaces on water to be explored; you can see a few examples here and one particularly creative houseboat here.

Secondly, I wanted to share this artist’s loft with you.  The brainchild of Olson Kundig Architects, it is the conversion of an old shoe parts factory in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. There’s something about this space that I find fascinating. Those steel factory windows are a dream of mine, and if I ever have an older house as my starting canvas, whatever renovation or modernization I undertake will almost surely incorporate windows just like that. And that table?  Hard to imagine in my own home but it’s strikingly perfect for this space, don’t you think?

Artists table in loftMaybe it’s the multi-purpose approach, maybe it’s the gorgeous wooden ceiling that softens the otherwise very industrial aesthetic, or maybe it’s just all that natural light, but whatever it is, I’m entranced.

More pictures from the project can be seen on Remodelista

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