Gallery: ECO•LABORATORY: Seattle’s Exemplary Eco Community


The Eco•Laboratory is an exemplary green complex designed around a vibrant community garden In Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Conceived by Weber Thompson, the project recently won the Natural Design Talent Competition at Greenbuild. The innovative design focuses upon energy systems, natural ventilation, community aspects, renewable energy, and indoor air quality, resulting in a spectacular example of what green building is about – interdisciplinary teams designing living buildings.

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  2. archytextural January 8, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Congratulations design team for the win! That has to feel pretty good.
    However,I’m sorry but I don’t find this as visually pleasing as the article makes it out to be, and the renderings don’t give it any help until the last image, which actually feels fairly decent. My criticism is that I would have liked the designers to be less overt with their “green” features and intergrate them more successfully into the overall design of the building. There appears to be no over riding idea that brings the building together as a whole, leaving it feeling a little bit like a glazed sturctural system with sustainable features attached here and there. I don’t see capital “A” Architecture here. I see engineering and systems but no soul. While I understand this was for a Cascadia design competition, we’re still designers and shouldn’t use “carbon nuetral” as an excuse to build unpleasant buildings. Would any of you really choose to live/ work there for it’s aesthetics? I’m just asking if you think the Ipod would have been as successful if it had just been the raw electronics without the styling of the case? But, again congratulations on the win.

  3. Kay December 19, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Looking forward to seeing this come to fruition. As a born and raised here, Seattlite, it is exciting to see green growing up around the city that is equitable for lower income people. More space for growing food and more green is a good thing especially in this day of pesticide laden choices. The building is looks like a beautiful design.

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