Multi-use building in Seattle. Design like a sliding tile puzzle
Multi-use building in Seattle. Design like a sliding tile puzzle

"The Klotski" is a three-story multi-use building located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood and designed by Graham Baba Architects. The design is inspired by a sliding tile puzzle known as a "klorski" and reflects the idea of shuffling uses and floors

The area in which the project is located is known for its dynamic mix of commercial, manufacturing and residential uses. The steel-framed building reflects the eclectic vibrancy and gritty nature of the neighborhood and houses a brewery, an office, a studio and a small apartment

Multi-use building in Seattle. Design like a sliding tile puzzle

The puzzle-inspired design is expressed through the use of perforated metal screens that slide up and down, enabling users to change the position of the screens for more privacy or solar shading, in response to seasonal daylight variations

Multi-use building in Seattle. Design like a sliding tile puzzle

At street level, the building is set back several feet to create the brewery's outdoor space. A large outdoor terrace characterizes the top floor, while on the intermediate floors an open floor plan and high ceilings create an industrial loft-like aesthetic for the office housed inside

Multi-use building in Seattle. Design like a sliding tile puzzle

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