Art Stable is an urban infill project in the rapidly developing Cascade neighborhood of South Lake Union. Built on the site of a former horse stable, the now-complete seven-story loft building provides ground level retail, parking and six units of adaptable live-work space. Units are designed for artists and people with large art collections. Large operable art doors on the alley side of the building can be manually opened with a custom-designed hand wheel and hinge. The 80 foot, 5 inch tall hinge terminates in a davit crane on top of the building, which will lift the objects from the alley into units.
The use of concrete, steel and glass draws upon the warehouse typology of the transitional industrial neighborhood. Each unit has an average 11’ ceiling height and floor-to-ceiling window walls. Interior build-outs will be determined by each unit’s owners, who will also be able to punch windows into the north façade of the building, providing a personalized balance between privacy and transparency. On the street side of the building, oversized hinged windows also open, allowing for cross-ventilation.
A geothermal heat pump system runs in loops through the augercast structural pilings of the building’s foundation. This is the first time this system has been used in the US.
In-floor radiant heating and cooling.
Can accommodate future use of solar/photovoltaic technology.
Flexibility of space anticipates the possibility of non-residential use.