Architect Nils Finne has recently completed his latest project, the FINNE Svendsen Building, a live-work building in Seattle, Washington, where Nils Finne is both the architect and the building owner.
The three storey building with plenty of windows and lofted interiors is located on a corner lot, allowing for people walking by to have a glimpse of the activities happening inside.
On the first and third floor of the building, large glass panels project forward, while on the second floor, the glass panels are recessed. Custom-milled Western Red Cedar with a blackened stain have been used for the spandrel panels.
Deep roof overhangs, built-in shades, and high operating clerestory windows are used to reduce heat gain in summer months.
The entrance to the building features a custom sapele wood front door that adds a warm touch to the building and contrasts the building’s blackened wood cladding.
Inside, the steel staircase that connects all the floors is open and welcoming, inviting people to use the stairs instead of the elevator.
The stairwell has a three-story glass wall that fills the space with natural light.
The stairs also have custom-designed steel railing panels that provide shadow patterns in the stairwell when the sun hits them in the late afternoon.
The building, designed to be a sustainable structure from the start, features elements like water conserving plumbing fixtures, LED lighting, locally sourced materials, high-performance Low-E windows and photovoltaic panels.
The 9,000 sqft building also has radiant hydronic heating and cooling system and costs just $35 per month to heat.