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Cascading glass wraps timber workplace constructing in Kirkland by LMN Architects

Final November, LMN Architects celebrated the completion of its Lakeview Workplace Constructing. Constructed for the Invoice Gates–owned agency Cascade Funding, the undertaking occupies an idyllic setting in Kirkland, Washington, only a stone’s throw from Lake Washington. It responds to its context with a mass timber construction enclosed inside a custom-designed glass curtain wall facade with operable home windows.

The triangular web site is taken into account one thing of a gateway into Kirkland, so it was crucial to the design staff that the constructing equally act as such. “The positioning is a singular form, and the design corresponds to that,” famous LMN Architects companion Pamela Trevithick. “The curve on the west facet responds to the form of the positioning and maximizes views to Lake Washington.”

Office building exterior
The 2-story curtain wall integrates operable vents. (Courtesy Sierra Building)

The 48,000-square-foot undertaking is the first mass timber workplace improvement east of Better Seattle and contains two ranges of workplace house, with two ranges of underground parking. The shopper, influenced by different mass timber tasks similar to T3 in Minneapolis, was eager to include the fabric inside the design. It additionally pushed for ample landscaping on the roof, a function that required an modification to the municipality’s zoning code. The mass timber elements have been fabricated and put in by the Vancouver space–primarily based agency StructureCraft and include a Douglas fir glulam post-and-beam body and dowel-laminated timber (DLT) ground and roof panels. This kit-of-parts method, supported by StructureCraft’s intensive design-assist course of, facilitated a speedy structural set up: The method took simply over a month.

Site plan for office building
The positioning plan of Lakeview Workplace Constructing exhibits its proximity to Lake Washington. (Courtesy LMN Architects)

With the construction in place, the staff moved ahead with the set up of the constructing envelope. The curtain wall was manufactured in a collaboration between EFCO and subcontractor Mission Glass with the help of facade marketing consultant Morrison Hershfield. Every of the curtain wall panels measures 5 ft vast and is organized in 20-foot modules. Jeremy Schoenfeld, affiliate with LMN Architects, defined that they “had written a extra open-ended spec for the undertaking, which famous that [they] needed a four-sided, structurally glazed, zero-sight-line curtain wall system with operable vents. The Washington State Power Code actually pushes you to create a decent envelope and glazing percentages are restricted, and extremely reflective imaginative and prescient glass on the spandrel helped [them] preserve that whole glazing look whereas mitigating photo voltaic acquire.”

Detail of exterior door system
A NanaWall folding door system opens to the rooftop deck, surrounding backyard, and the expansive horizon past. (Benjamin Benschneider)

The curtain wall system will not be dissimilar to that deployed for the standard concrete constructing; the panels are mounted to straight metal angles positioned atop the DLT ground panels. The operable vents are embedded inside the panels and organized so that every customary 10-foot-wide workplace module has one.

For the massive opening that connects the constructing’s inside to the rooftop backyard, the design staff opted for a monumentally scaled NanaWall folding door system, which opens to the elevated patio with views of Lake Washington past.

Robinhood, the Bay Space–primarily based monetary companies firm, is ready to occupy the constructing.


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