Tour of ArtHouse!

We’ve watched it go up, piece by piece.  Now we get to see inside!  A woman stopped by school to invite everyone to the open house.  When I made the sad face because I couldn’t go, she scheduled a tour right then for us.  This was very exciting.

ArtHouse (this is from the press release) is a collaboration between project[triangle thingie that is not available to me on my keyboard], the Powell Family, and Pacific Northwest College of Art which will bring 130 students to the North Park Blocks.

Here is the view from the front door, looking at the courtyard.  The elevators are on the right.

A lounging space, overlooking the park.
Another space.  These spaces are designed to have rotating gallery exhibits.
The library. Powell’s donated the art books in the bookcase.
Lovely contrasts in the courtyard.
Behind that metal fence is bike parking.
There are two staircases, blue and green.  This (for those of you with colorblindness) is the blue one.
One highlight of the building is the huge amount of natural light flooding the hallways.
Sixth floor view, looking towards Burnside.
Each unit has a stackable washer and dryer.
Here are rooms from the three-bedroom demonstration unit.
The living room of the three-bedroom unit.
And from a different angle.
Big kitchen and that recessed, closet-like space has a bike hook.
Here’s a two-bedroom unit, which is not staged.
This two-bedroom is a corner unit and overlooks the park blocks.
Nice bathrooms.
Good amount of living space.
And a very nice kitchen.
Here’s a view from one of the studios.
And a staged studio space.
The roof of our school isn’t the most attractive thing.
Good closet.
The green staircase.
More of that natural light.

This was our only chance to see ArtHouse as the students start moving in on Wednesday.  There will also be retail at the ground floor level.  I’ll have pictures of that when it happens. 

Art Building looking metal-tastic

There are intriguing spaces left in the metal facings.  I’m wondering if those will be taken up with “pops” of color.
Interestingly, there is now a sign with the artist’s rendition of the building, but it’s rather inaccessible, and plus, I’ve waited this long, why see a picture of the finished product now?

In other news, Matt’s mother was visiting and she wondered what the large tower thing that has now been mostly eclipsed by the building.  You can just see it peeking up on the left.  She took a picture and emailed it to her partner.  Et voila!, she had an answer.  It’s a long range microwave relay tower. It carries voice and data for the phone companies.  Now I know too.  Thanks Linda and Pat!