Sammamish Residence by Nicolaas Wilkens

A bit of a TBT moment remembering last year's full interior and exterior renovation of a 1959 Ranch-style house overlooking Lake Samammish. In this case renderings of proposed design concepts for the Living Room / Kitchen and the Master Bath. Renderings by Blackbox Design.

Master Bathroom Concept showing Sauna integration in background to right

Master Bathroom Concept showing Sauna integration in background to right

View of Fireplace and lightbox with Kitchen in background.

View of Fireplace and lightbox with Kitchen in background.

Historic Condominium Renovation by Nicolaas Wilkens

Construction is in full swing, steel has been installed for the new lift, wall and ceiling framing are installed, ready for plumbing rough-in and a fast dash to the completion this summer. This condominium is located on the 7th floor of a Historic downtown Seattle Landmark and was once the performance hall for a building designed for musicians and performers to live and teach.

View from Galley and future Kitchen onto Living Room.

View from Galley and future Kitchen onto Living Room.

View from Lift shaft-to-be to 8th Floor landing. Lift will make 3 stops including onto Roof.

View from Lift shaft-to-be to 8th Floor landing. Lift will make 3 stops including onto Roof.

Early demolition shot

Early demolition shot

Tomás Saraceno @ SF MOMA by Nicolaas Wilkens

The SFMOMA has a beautiful and far-reaching exhibit called Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities consisting of ideas and elements that envision our world during the anthropocene. Tomás Saraceno's work is exploratory and immersive and ruminates on the relationships we have with the built world as we wade into our new epoch - the anthropocene. Science, fractals, new materials, space and atmosphere occupy the thinking behind these quietly positive and uplifting forms and investigations. With so much weirdness, narcissism, and negativity nowadays in our politics and culture, this look into a possible future is a welcome surprise.

WDS Site Visit to Charlevoix Michigan by Nicolaas Wilkens

We recently traveled to Charlevoix, Michigan to meet with Owners and Contractor to discuss timeline and construction start dates for a new weekend cottage on Lake Michigan. Like many sites along Michigan's very long and occasional stretches called "Lakeshore Drive", the depth of this site from the roadway will allow for a pleasant drive through Northern forest and wooded duneland to a private and hidden home that will open to these spectacular views.

Pioneer Square Creative Office Space Sublease by Nicolaas Wilkens

Main Space with Sergio and Punky!

Main Space with Sergio and Punky!

Tired of working from home? Looking to start 2017 in a new space? We are Architects and Designers and have room for another fun and creative individual. We have a desk in a dedicated area available for you right smack in the epicenter of Pioneer Square. Our office is in a historic brick building, has great light.

Rent includes use of office amenities such as; printers, 5G wireless network, a meeting room, your own phone line if you need it, your own mailbox/unique address, coffee, banter, etc. We even have occasional Gnomads infestation ;-)

If it helps, there are loads of therapists in the building, a branding agency upstairs, and a cool musician/artist couple downstairs. Great vibe, good light, awesome old street lamp outside the window.

Additionally we are close to these things:
Light Rail Streetcar to Capitol Hill (across the street!)
Pioneer Station / Metro Transit Tunnel
Ferry Terminal & Waterfront
King Street / Amtrak Station
BoltBus & International District Station
Century Link Stadium
Safeco Field
Occidental Plaza, Copal, Umbria, Cafe D'Arte, Rainshadow, Taylor's, etc. all are less than a block away.

Artists Studio Update by Nicolaas Wilkens

There is a good dose of satisfaction that comes from working with Clients who also choose to build their projects themselves. Luckily the projects are usually smaller, but they have unique requirements or design challenges. The satisfaction from working with an Owner-Builder is that they are very keen to understand the construction process. This can come in the form of a frantic call about the placement of concrete or a lively exchange about the availability of this material over that one, or the best price at places like Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, etc. I feel that I learn a lot about how I design and deliver my work to non-professionals through these projects - and also feel that much closer to the construction process.

To wit:  the Artist's Studio to-be is shown below in all its current glory as it awaits delivery of SIPS panels.