Press Mentions

Brittany Porter, NK Architects 10.26.17

Ice Box Challenge: a cool test of Passive House

DJC - Each September Occidental Square is home to the Seattle Design Festival, an annual event featuring creative displays representing some of the pressing issues facing the design community.

Last year, Seattle-based Olson Kundig contributed a temporary installation called “Ice Cube,” a 10-ton block of ice that slowly eroded in the sun. The cube was a beautiful visual spectacle about the inevitable passage of time. The public was encouraged to interact with the ice and impact the melt through the warmth of their touch. After a few weeks in the sun the monolithic block was no more than a puddle.

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Greg Copeland, King 5 09.29.17

Passive building could change the future of housing

KING 5 - Many of us felt the heat this summer. Here in the Northwest many of us don't have air-conditioned homes. And then there's the rainy season just around the corner, with a cold, wet winter forecasted as well. How's your insulation? Your windows? Saving up for those heating bills?

But what if you didn't have to? That's where passive housing comes in.

"Think of the passive house as the Tesla of buildings. It's basically carbon-free," said Tim Weyand, president of Passive House Northwest. "This is a movement, not just a conference."

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Sarah Anne Lloyd, Seattle Curbed 09.25.17

Ice Box Challenge showcases Passive House standards

CURBED - NK Architects and Passive House Northwest are in the middle of an experiment in Pioneer Square right now. They’re calling it the Ice Box Challenge: Two 1,200-pound ice blocks were each placed in a small structure earlier this month, one that meets the minimum standard of Seattle’s building code, and the other up to Passive House, or Passivhaus, standards.

On Thursday, after the cubes have been in their little houses for 20 days, they’ll unveil each ice block’s progress. For now, people can stop by Occidental Park to peek their heads in and see how they’re doing.

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Zack Semke, NK Architects, Builder & Developer Magazine 08.29.17

Bringing Passive House to Production Building

BUILDER & DEVELOPER — It's clear to me that if we want to avert catastrophic climate change we need to start viewing our buildings as clean energy power plants. As I'll show below, it'll be easier than you think. Global experts emphasize three things: One: we face a climate crisis emergency; Two: we have the means to solve the crisis; and Three: our future depends on determined local climate action, now.

With reversals in U.S. climate policy underway and the Paris climate agreement in question, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the clean energy transition is already underway.

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Journal Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce 08.23.17

17-unit Capitol Hill apartment built to maximize small infill lot

DJC-JaMar Investments in May opened a six-story, 17-unit apartment building called Capitol Core on a small site in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

The project at 215 Boylston Ave. E. was designed by NK Architects and built by Cascade Built.

The 2,700-square-foot site is blocks from nightlife and the light rail station on Broadway, and a short walk to South Lake Union and downtown, NK said in a press release.

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Journal Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce 08.02.17

DEP Homes to build 78 apartments on Jackson St. in the Central District

DJC-DEP Homes plans to start construction next spring on a 78-unit apartment building at 2524 S. Jackson St. in Seattle's Central District.

NK Architects designed the four-story building, which is tentatively called DEP Homes Jackson. No contractor has been selected yet, but the project is slated for completion in spring of 2019.

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Sarah Anne Lloyd, Seattle Curbed 07.26.17

Take a first look inside energy-efficient Capitol Core in Capitol Hill

CURBED — There’s one Capitol Hill residential project down: An apartment building underway near Boylston Avenue East and East Olive Way dubbed Capitol Core was just completed. The building contains two dramatically different types of units: two penthouse lofts with view decks above and 15 studio apartments below.

The project was designed by NK Architects and constructed by Cascade Built, two outfits that specialize in energy efficiency; the latter recently won an award for a passive house-inspired townhouse development in the neighborhood.

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Zack Semke, NK Architects, Archinect 07.21.17

How Passive House Design Can Propel the Clean Energy Transition in Architecture

ARCHINECT — With reversals in US climate policy underway and a US exit from the Paris Agreement announced for 2020, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the clean energy transition is already underway. The potentially exponential forces of market transformation that this transition could release offer real, economics-based cause for hope for the future of the planet.

Dramatic cost reductions for solar and wind energy are already making renewable energy cheaper than fossil fuels in many parts of the US and the world. Falling battery and electric vehicle prices threaten the future of the internal combustion engine and of global oil demand. New grid storage facilities in California are competing with gas peaker plants. The world of energy in 2027 may look dramatically different from today.

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Journal Staff, Daily Journal of Commerce 07.12.17

Pax Futura will bring 35 super-green apartments to site in Columbia City

DJC-Cascade Built broke ground last month on Pax Futura, a 35-unit apartment building in Columbia City that is targeting Passive House certification.

The developer said it received a $55,788 Edwards Mother Earth Foundation Grant to support its ultra-high-performance goals for constructing the four-story building at 3700 S. Hudson St.

The project is expected to be complete in fall 2018.

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Nam Henderson, Archinect 07.06.17

Archinect includes Zack Semke in Editor’s Picks

ICYMI, the always "into itJulia Ingalls, sat down with Harvard GSD's K. Michael Hays + Lisa Haber-Thomson to discuss the role of jargon in pedagogy, a new GSD online course offering and the "vexed notion of architecture’s autonomy.Will Galloway was "very impressed that Michael Hays and Lisa Haber-Thomson agreed to the exchange. That speaks a lot about them, and deserves a lot of respect..." For his part, Jeffry Burchard theorized "that there are and have always been three languages of Architecture. They happen to correspond nicely to the audiences of architecture".

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