How ARCHICAD Helped b9 Architects Realize Seattle’s Solhaus

With a downtown storefront office space that often hosts panel discussions and gallery openings, Seattle’s b9 Architects frequently focuses on community. Owner Bradley Khouri, AIA says that for their wide range of projects, including yoga studios, homes and mixed-use developments, fostering communal experiences onsite and creating dialogue with the greater Seattle area is paramount to their design process. It’s a distinctive approach exemplified by their recent Solhaus development in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, a project that also showcases how the firm achieves these goals with Graphisoft’s BIM-based ARCHICAD software. All exterior photography by William Wright Photography When Khouri was first contacted about the Capitol Hill property, he tried to find a client that would want to invest in the development. Realizing the potential for the property, Khouri realized he wanted to find a way to develop the site himself. Khouri chose to partner with Cascade Built, a developer/builder with whom Khouri had worked in the past. Together they took on the Solhaus site, with Khouri acting as both architect and co-developer. “It could have been much bigger,” Khouri says. “But the previous owners wanted a townhouse project to be designed by b9 on the site.” ...
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