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Mapping The Local Legacy Of Architect Robert Hull

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Robert Hull, the award-winning architect and one of the founding partner of The Miller Hull Partnership, has passed away while in South Africa at the age of 69. He was the creative force behind the majority of the firm's public projects and community buildings. In his honor, let's take a look around the Seattle area at just some of the buildings that will be the joint-winner of the American Institute of Architects' Seattle Medal of Honor's lasting legacy. Check out the full list of projects he was involved with here.

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1. Bullitt Center

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1501 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98122

The first urban building of its kind and commonly regarded as ‘the greenest office building in the world’— not only represents the level of sustainability possible in a city setting, it signifies a shift in the actual process of how buildings are designed and demonstrates the range of opportunities for inventiveness and creativity that are possible when integrated design teams target aggressive efficiency goals.

2. Epiphany School

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3611 East Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98122

Certified as LEED Gold, the school includes photovoltaic panels and fans, a green roof, natural ventilation, green furniture and a sustainable land management plan. As a complement to its sustainable features, a curriculum has been developed by the faculty to use the building as a teaching tool for sustainability and energy conservation. A prominent meter wall is located in the building with educational text and graphics where students can chart the building's water, gas, electric and solar power usage.

3. Conibear Shellhouse

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NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195

The University of Washington Conibear Shellhouse Renovation and Addition completed construction in April 2005. The site, once on the edge of a city dump, is surrounded by newly restored wetlands with pathways that link to an existing nature walk providing public access to the shoreline. The renovation retained the structural steel frame from the original 1949 building at the 11,000 s.f. shell storage bays, and demolished the remainder.

4. Seattle Pacific University Science Building

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3307 3rd Avenue West, Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA 98119

The ground floor of the new science building is designed to invite all students and faculty into the building. The Garden Vestibule, Discovery Room and Study Room together form a chain of “common” spaces, designed to link the sciences with the activity of the general campus. The Laboratory Sciences building is a high-touch, high-tech facility. Lab environments will focus on hands-on macro scale experimentation to better equip students with the practical skills needed in the workplace.

5. Discovery Park Visitors Center

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Discovery Park Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98199

Miller Hull worked closely with the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation and the Discovery Park Advisory Committee to ensure that this center fulfills its mission and promotes a genuine appreciation of this very special natural resource. Public activities within the center will take place in the exhibit space off the lobby, Discovery Room (for children), classrooms, a multipurpose room, and an outdoor gathering porch and its adjacent "green."

6. Fisher Pavillion

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305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

The new pavilion is over 14,000 S.F. of flat floor exhibition space with nearly twenty feet clear height intended for a wide variety of festivals, conferences, exhibitions and catered events. The unit pavers covering the 19,000 S.F. Rooftop Plaza, which is accessible on grade from the adjacent street, are designed in a pixilated matrix pattern to simulate an image of water droplets in a pond when viewed from the Space Needle above. Two concrete “pylons” with glazed canopies – designed to accommodate elevators and mechanical equipment – mark the entries into and onto the building.

7. The Open Window School

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Southeast 60th Street & 168th Place Southeast
Bellevue, WA 98006

Located on a spectacular site on Cougar Mountain, the school commands sweeping views of the Puget lowlands. Such a unique setting led Miller Hull to focus on two traditional strengths emphasizing the relationship between building and landscape, and practicing environmentally progressive design. Both the construction of the buildings and the utilization of the land around them are, in this way, seen as an extension of the school’s educational mission.

8. Vashon Island Transfer & Recycling Station

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18900 Westside Highway Southwest
Vashon, WA 98070

This project is a model of sustainable design and construction, maximizing resource efficiency and minimizing environmental impact. Important design considerations were the choice of building materials (recycled and recyclable concrete and steel), and the desire to fit this large structure unobtrusively and sensitively within the island community.

9. King County Library Service Center

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960 Newport Way Northwest
Issaquah, WA 98027

The three story building mass is configured to engage the main arterial in the area, Newport Way. The north-south oriented building screens the 100 car parking area from passing vehicles on Newport Way. Pedestrians and bicyclists using the planned bike trail on Newport Way can view the activities going on inside the building, a rare occurrence in this suburban business office zone. A preserved wetland on the east edge of the property can be viewed from the office space on all three floors as well as from the building's board room and staff lounge.

10. Bainbridge Island City Hall

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280 Madison Avenue
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-7633
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Design issues included the desire to fit the 24,000 s.f. building into a mostly residential scaled street, and to respond to the local vernacular architectural character. In addition, there were strong public sentiments that the building not be an expensive monument, yet still have a strong civic presence.

1. Bullitt Center

1501 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98122

The first urban building of its kind and commonly regarded as ‘the greenest office building in the world’— not only represents the level of sustainability possible in a city setting, it signifies a shift in the actual process of how buildings are designed and demonstrates the range of opportunities for inventiveness and creativity that are possible when integrated design teams target aggressive efficiency goals.

1501 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98122

2. Epiphany School

3611 East Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Certified as LEED Gold, the school includes photovoltaic panels and fans, a green roof, natural ventilation, green furniture and a sustainable land management plan. As a complement to its sustainable features, a curriculum has been developed by the faculty to use the building as a teaching tool for sustainability and energy conservation. A prominent meter wall is located in the building with educational text and graphics where students can chart the building's water, gas, electric and solar power usage.

3611 East Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98122

3. Conibear Shellhouse

NE Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98195

The University of Washington Conibear Shellhouse Renovation and Addition completed construction in April 2005. The site, once on the edge of a city dump, is surrounded by newly restored wetlands with pathways that link to an existing nature walk providing public access to the shoreline. The renovation retained the structural steel frame from the original 1949 building at the 11,000 s.f. shell storage bays, and demolished the remainder.

NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195

4. Seattle Pacific University Science Building

3307 3rd Avenue West, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA 98119

The ground floor of the new science building is designed to invite all students and faculty into the building. The Garden Vestibule, Discovery Room and Study Room together form a chain of “common” spaces, designed to link the sciences with the activity of the general campus. The Laboratory Sciences building is a high-touch, high-tech facility. Lab environments will focus on hands-on macro scale experimentation to better equip students with the practical skills needed in the workplace.

3307 3rd Avenue West, Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA 98119

5. Discovery Park Visitors Center

Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98199

Miller Hull worked closely with the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation and the Discovery Park Advisory Committee to ensure that this center fulfills its mission and promotes a genuine appreciation of this very special natural resource. Public activities within the center will take place in the exhibit space off the lobby, Discovery Room (for children), classrooms, a multipurpose room, and an outdoor gathering porch and its adjacent "green."

Discovery Park Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98199

6. Fisher Pavillion

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

The new pavilion is over 14,000 S.F. of flat floor exhibition space with nearly twenty feet clear height intended for a wide variety of festivals, conferences, exhibitions and catered events. The unit pavers covering the 19,000 S.F. Rooftop Plaza, which is accessible on grade from the adjacent street, are designed in a pixilated matrix pattern to simulate an image of water droplets in a pond when viewed from the Space Needle above. Two concrete “pylons” with glazed canopies – designed to accommodate elevators and mechanical equipment – mark the entries into and onto the building.

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

7. The Open Window School

Southeast 60th Street & 168th Place Southeast, Bellevue, WA 98006

Located on a spectacular site on Cougar Mountain, the school commands sweeping views of the Puget lowlands. Such a unique setting led Miller Hull to focus on two traditional strengths emphasizing the relationship between building and landscape, and practicing environmentally progressive design. Both the construction of the buildings and the utilization of the land around them are, in this way, seen as an extension of the school’s educational mission.

Southeast 60th Street & 168th Place Southeast
Bellevue, WA 98006

8. Vashon Island Transfer & Recycling Station

18900 Westside Highway Southwest, Vashon, WA 98070

This project is a model of sustainable design and construction, maximizing resource efficiency and minimizing environmental impact. Important design considerations were the choice of building materials (recycled and recyclable concrete and steel), and the desire to fit this large structure unobtrusively and sensitively within the island community.

18900 Westside Highway Southwest
Vashon, WA 98070

9. King County Library Service Center

960 Newport Way Northwest, Issaquah, WA 98027

The three story building mass is configured to engage the main arterial in the area, Newport Way. The north-south oriented building screens the 100 car parking area from passing vehicles on Newport Way. Pedestrians and bicyclists using the planned bike trail on Newport Way can view the activities going on inside the building, a rare occurrence in this suburban business office zone. A preserved wetland on the east edge of the property can be viewed from the office space on all three floors as well as from the building's board room and staff lounge.

960 Newport Way Northwest
Issaquah, WA 98027

10. Bainbridge Island City Hall

280 Madison Avenue, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Design issues included the desire to fit the 24,000 s.f. building into a mostly residential scaled street, and to respond to the local vernacular architectural character. In addition, there were strong public sentiments that the building not be an expensive monument, yet still have a strong civic presence.

280 Madison Avenue
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110