An architectural design studio committed to creating energy efficient and environmentally responsible projects. Our projects sensitively integrate nature and the built environment, respecting the value of historical buildings and craftsmanship as well as contemporary buildings that honor context. Every building deserves fine detailing, quality construction, sustainable materials, and attention to budget.
Environmentally responsive and responsible design for new or existing structures such as residential and commercial buildings as well as spaces intended for the arts. Additional services include interior architecture, exterior hardscapes, and unique fixture and furniture design.
Built into the hillside and stepping down to Lake Chelan this two-part house parallels the sites natural contours, affording unobstructed southwest views over the water. The property is accessed on the hilltop where the guesthouse and carport are located. The main house is down hill adjacent to the lake. From the hilltop to the main house one descends through a passageway, or crosses beneath a Japanese inspired wooden entry gate and continues down steps under a covered walk past the terraced garden rockery, made of indigenous stones from the hillside. Grey concrete tile roofing blends with the rocky site and was selected for durability. Natural, local, unadorned materials such as wood, stone, stucco and concrete are a dominant part of the structure. The thirty-eight foot long ceiling beams are salvaged from an old sawmill and celebrate the beauty of times past with cracks, crevices, and various marks of history. The exterior wall finish is smooth “Fresco Stucco”, a subtle color mix of the sky, lake, and rocks. It is a matt finish with layered variegated shades resembling a watercolor or an Italian fresco. The covered walkways, the exterior soffits, interior ceilings, and the deep overhang sheltering the veranda outside the great room, are all designed using rhythmically layered wood that transitions from interior to exterior. The interior great room has large windows opening up to the veranda and lake beyond, again enhancing connections to nature and the outdoors with light, views, and materials transitioning from outside to inside. The overhangs protect from the hot summer sun, and capture cooling breezes coming from the water. Other interior features include massive basalt and granite Rumford fireplace, cast-in-place concrete counters, stainless steel kitchen appliances, as-well-as wood and polished concrete floors with radiant heat throughout. This project was designed and built with loving care by an integrative team consisting of the owner, architect, artist, and contractor.
The house sits on the west side of a 44,044 square foot estate that gently slopes down to the east boundary, which is paralleled by a narrow forest along the edge of a cliff. Paths meander downhill from the house through cultivated gardens and to the forested cliff edge where the owner introduced more winding trails, removed invasive plants and established indigenous species. One moves through the property, pausing to notice air quality, the birds, fruit trees, flowers, dappled shadows, variegated shades of green, and in the summer, sunshine and warmth.
The owner wanted an addition maximizing easterly views into his garden. The new addition includes an enlarged kitchen, a dining room for thanksgiving dinners, and upstairs, with plenty of sunlight and views to the garden below, a master bedroom, bath, and walk-in closet. On the main floor and opening directly off the dining room, a trellis-bordered terrace was added. It transitions house to garden, and breaks up massing by integrating the building into the landscape. The freestanding trellises provide a latticed canopy similar to the surrounding garden trees, and not only define the perimeter of the terrace, but also integrate the house and garden while evoking an understated elegance. During warm summer months the elevated concrete terrace increases outdoor living and dining spaces, providing a place to relax, socialize, drink glasses of lemonade, and enjoy life outside.
The Icehouse was known historically as the Constable Ice and Fuel Company. In 1910 it was used for cold storage and the production and sale of ice. By 1930 the property held eight structures that were involved in a fire. Today a total of 22,237 sf. exists and is in use:
The Historic Icehouse Complex provides art and entertainment activities; and is best known for many years of philanthropy: backing local, national, and international exhibiting artists, supporting civic causes or non-profits, and hosting lectures, concerts, theatre, and dance performances. The Icehouse for-profit activities include space rental for weddings, private or corporate parties, a location for movie shoots, and music venues for dancing, parties, and open-air concerts.
The Icehouse is a grassroots project and a beloved community venue. Much of its’ construction has been done over time by various volunteers, and local artists using recycled building materials and exposed or recycled raw materials such as steel, wood, and concrete.
KHS architecture spent many years supporting the Icehouse. Measuring and documenting existing conditions for as-built construction drawings. Supplying various detailed drawings for the re-use of recycled building materials, such as custom wood doors and shutters for windows to complement the historic 1915 brick building. In the “White Column Room” KHS designed a steel woven wire cage around the existing loading elevator; and on the upper floors KHS surrounded the elevator shaft and cage with floor to ceiling fire proof glass walls recycled from a demolished local high-rise with the intent of exposing the elevator cage and hoist-cables, while protecting occupants and conforming to fire code. KHS produced schematic design studies for the entire complex, as well as urban design studies and a Master Plan for a neighborhood artist district. KHS provided permit drawings for a new roof over the neoclassical cathedral room. The new roof structure was designed with a custom ridge sky light over exposed hand bolted and laser cut steel trusses that supported an integrated bridge and gantry crane. KHS provided construction permit packages for additional restrooms, lighting, and air conditioning systems, as well as orchestrating the production of construction permit packages for a mechanical conditioning system and fire sprinkler system for the entire complex.
“The greenest building is the one already built”
~ Carl Elefante, FAIA
Reusing existing or historic buildings has less climate change impact than demolishing and constructing new: When comparing the embodied energy of an existing building to a new similar building type, for example a new energy efficient office building to an existing office building, the new building doesn’t begin saving energy for forty years, and if the old building is demolished and removed off site, the new building will not save energy for sixty-five years, as paraphrased per Mike Jackson, FAIA.
Most new buildings don’t last beyond 40 years; they are not sustainable. Buildings are sustainable when they are built to last and maintained. As the authors of Whole Building Design Guide once said, “Sustainability begins with preservation”.
We provide leadership and project coordination between our clients, consultants, and the contractor by developing a schedule, a design, and creating details necessary for project success.
We have experience working closely with private individuals, companies, and municipalities, documenting needs and presenting design solutions.
We provide interior and exterior planning services, programming, feasibility studies, site analysis, as-built documentation of existing buildings, and long-range master plans that work now and in the future.
We provide drawings for loan approvals and to use to obtain preliminary construction cost estimates from contractors.
We provide tenant improvement and interior design services such as the detailing of custom designs for casework, cabinets and furniture, we also the select equipment, art, furnishings, colors and materials. Some of these services are further elaborated below.
The summer after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from the Arizona State University in 1978, Dean Hugh Burgess immediately hired Kristina to produce working drawings for the Universities' first solar research house. Next, moving to Seattle, and working with George Bartholick and Fred Bassetti, Kristina renovated Pike Place Market, and The Sanitary Public Market Building, which received an A.I.A. Honor Award. Kristina has over 25 years of experience designing and detailing both large and small buildings of all types. She has presented concepts to private and public clients, and participated on task forces and charrettes'. She has served on city planning and advisory committees, and Mayor Connie King awarded her a certificate for service from 1996-2001 on Shorelines' Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. Kristina is a Licensed Architect in Washington, Arizona, and Hawaii, and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Kristina also holds a Certificat De Scolarite from the L'Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in France. Her fine art background inspires innovative approaches to renovating historic buildings as well as designing new structures whose forms are the result of using unique and sustainable materials.
GALLERY OF THE MACHINES (GOTHEM) ✠: Existing concrete warehouse 20,625 sf. in the city of Phoenix. To display giant kinetic art machines, and to conduct events and night club dancing.
BAGLEY WRIGHT THEATRE ADDITION: Theatre addition, schematic design studies for an adaptable black box that has the ability to become a proscenium, thrust or theatre in the round.
BELLEVUE PLACE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: The Performing Arts Center located within Bellevue Place. A complex with several structures interconnected to a 9- story winter-garden, motor court, and plazas in Bellevue, Washington. The complex includes an office tower, 24 story hotel, low rise office, residential tower, and subterranean garage, all-together 1,200,000 gsf.
✠ Inidicates a project in which some of the original structure was retained.
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