Woodland Hall Preschool Open House

Classroom door leaning against a wall in Classroom B, waiting to be installed.

Classroom door leaning against a wall in Classroom B, waiting to be installed.

The time has come to celebrate! Our clients, the Woodland Hall Preschool, are throwing a party to celebrate the opening of their new school building. We have been privileged to be their design team on this 18-month long project, and we could not be happier to raise a glass with the best group of educators, organizers, and advocates for early childhood education in Seattle. From our first walk-through of this nearly derelict building, to volunteer work parties in the garden, these folks have maintained a beautiful vision and a bright outlook.  

They allowed us to experiment with every aspect of the design:  structure, preservation, materials, lighting, and even landscape.  Our research into Reggio Emilia educational philosophy led our decisions to open classroom spaces as much as possible, even tearing out existing ceilings to expose the trusses and ductwork above.  

Silver Lining Shades:  concept sketch and 3D mock-up

Silver Lining Shades:  concept sketch and 3D mock-up

Natural light and custom light sculptures illuminate the structural and support systems of the building as they float like clouds above the busy life of the children below.

In the downstairs classroom, a townscape mural covers three walls, creating a back drop to the sophisticated pretend play of the older children.  

Concept development for the classrooms

Concept development for the classrooms

The childrens' garden is divided into outdoor laboratories, where students can explore nature and scramble over a wide ranging terrain of different textures and materials. Their edible garden will be implemented over several seasons, a combination of container and in-ground plantings. The covered play area and green roof make the outdoor play area accessible 365 days a year, a necessity in our rainy climate.  

We will add a gallery of professional photographs to our online portfolio soon, but we couldn't wait to share. Please join us at the Open House this weekend and see for yourself!

WOODLAND HALL PRESCHOOL    516 NW 56th Street, Seattle WA   

OPEN HOUSE     Sunday November 20  10 am – 1 pm

Meet and Shop with the Designers in August

We're kicking off the sunniest month of the year with two fun design events during Seattle's Art Fair, August 4-7.  Come visit us this week and weekend at the gorgeous revitalized King Street Station and at West Elm in South Lake Union. 

3 Rooms kicks off on Thursday on the second floor of King Street Station. The design market features new work from many of our favorite local studios who we've been showing with for yeeeears, including Grain and Fruitsuper. The hours are Thurs 8/4 6-8:00pm, Fri/Sat 8/5-8/6 10-8:00, Sun 8/7 10-7:00. 

And get your party on with a bevy of local designers at West Elm! We'll be there with a special selection of goods all afternoon. 

Piano Nobile + Cornish College

Mahlum Architects Inc

Mahlum Architects Inc

We are more than halfway through our 3rd semester teaching together at Cornish College of Arts in Seattle.  We love teaching together in the brand spankin' new Interior Architecture Program, helping develop curriculum and getting to know the community. So far, we have been privileged to teach fundamental design technique and theory in the studio program for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We love the light-filled studio spaces of the old industrial building pictured above, and pace of this academic world.   

Spotted: Piano Nobile Napkins in Amazon ad

Thanks to our friend Eliza for spotting our napkins on the front page of Amazon! Our Clouds napkin is featured alongside some healthy looking food stuff and and Amazon Fire tablet.  We don't know who or how or why, but we're excited to see it.  

If you spot our goods out in the world, please send it, along with a screen cap or photo to our tip line: info@studiopianonobile.com. Tipsters will be lavishly rewarded!

 

SEMAPHORE GLASS HOUSE COMPLETE

The glass house can be closed off from the rest of the house by a custom built automated horizontal sliding door.

The glass house can be closed off from the rest of the house by a custom built automated horizontal sliding door.

We are happy to share our latest completed architecture project – a gorgeous site overlooking Eliot Bay here in Seattle. We had the dream task of designing a new roof system, topped with an expansive roof deck and crowned by a single glass room, a faceted and shimmering fort for a book-reading, music-loving, brain-storming dynamo of a client. You can see the whole slideshow in our ARCHITECTURE section.

The site overlooks Eliot Bay, where a cargo ship docks in the distance. 

The site overlooks Eliot Bay, where a cargo ship docks in the distance.