The New Gelotte Hommas Website is Live!

We’ve already told you that we’re making changes to our website, but now we’re happy to announce that the new website is up and running! This is a great chance for you to re-familiarize yourself with Gelotte Hommas and our projects, as well as to learn about our new ideas and projects.

Here's a look at the Gelotte Hommas website, but we suggest you visit it to see it for yourself.

The new Gelotte Hommas website, like our architectural projects, is sleek and well defined, while making you feel at home. On it you will find useful facts about our firm and who makes up our design teams, as well as which principles we prize in design. You’ll get to see the latest work on all of our projects in ourportfolio, as well as learn about initiatives in the community and more that we’re leading or are involved in, like arc i tek.

The new website serves as your information highly on all things Gelotte Hommas. Visit it to learn more about our firm and our projects, then keep up with the blogs for a more personal touch and to hear more about design in general, as well as detailed facts about each project.


Fall Post Round Up: Celebrate Our Favorite Fall Blog Posts

The Gelotte Hommas Blog has been up and thriving for over a year now, and by looking back, you can gain a lot of perspective on where we’ve been and where we’re going as architects. We have know showcased over 200 blog posts for you, sharing our tricks of the trade, showing you our recent projects, and discussing great events for the architecturally minded in the Seattle and Bellevue area.

Celebrate fall with us in this review of our favorite autumn-centered posts.

Celebrate fall with us in this review of our favorite autumn-centered posts.

Here is a round up of some of our favorite fall-centered posted from the past year:

Which Fall centered post was your favorite?
Leave us a comment and tell us!
Photo by Flicker

Living on Island Time: The Multi-Island Kitchen

The island. It has become an almost essential feature in any kitchen. It provides extra work space, an attractive, centering element in the room, and often times offers extra storage. Most everyone can agree that an island is useful. So what would you do with multiple islands?

This spacious kitchen fits three island stations, allowing you to designate specific functions for each space. Photo by Roger Davies, via Architectural Digest.

Having multiple islands or a multi-level island will make your kitchen even more efficient and accommodating, by adding such features, you also add:

  • Work space that can be designated for different functions. The island closest to the door acts as a catch all for groceries, work bags, and more, while the island near the sink works perfectly for food preparation.
  • Multi-levels work especially well for allowing you designate a space for guests and kids while you prepare tapas or a meal. It keeps the “too many cooks in the kitchen” space issue under wraps, and allows you space to work with the food or beverages while you can still interact with your onlookers.
If you have an open, spacious kitchen, consider redesigning and using some of that space for a second island. You’ll appreciate the space and comfort.

Contemporary Design From Gelotte Hommas

Many of our designs from Gelotte Hommas are nature inspired homes with lots of exposed wood and traditional lines, interpreted in a modern way. Still, this natural look isn’t for everyone. If you’re more about sleek lines and smooth surfaces, contemporary architecture is probably more your style, featuring sharp angles, lots of light, and open space.

Contemporary design is both beautiful and functional, but some homeowners shy away from the style out of worry that it will be too clinical or sterile in feel rather than relaxing and inviting. In our work for The Gallery in Kirkland, we worked to make a contemporary space still feel natural and cozy without losing the spirit of a modern space:

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What do you find to be the strengths of contemporary architecture? What about the weaknesses?In each room you can follow the natural floor which keeps the space grounded in natural elements while allowing it a sleek and modern look. The organic layout of each room helps to accent these details from the space itself, highlighting the architecture and keeping each room at ease.

Photos from Gelotte Hommas Architecture


Winners of the 2011 Solar Decathlon Rejoice in Their Energy Efficient Triumph

Last year in October we discussed some of the happenings at the 2010 Solar Decathlon, an “annual collegiate competition that focuses on solar power and green building techniques”, and how the topic of responsive architecture was discussed. If you’re unfamiliar with the competition, teams work on a project for two years with goals in mind as they build a house that:

  • Is affordable, attractive, and easy to live in
  • Maintains comfortable and healthy indoor environmental conditions
  • Supplies energy to household appliances for cooking, cleaning, and entertainment
  • Provides adequate hot water
  • Produces as much or more energy than it consumes. (List via Solar Decathlon Website)
This home was created during the Solar Decathlon by the UT Knoxville team. Image via Eco Friend.

The contest was judged and run from September 23rd until October 2nd. Here are the last recorded scores for each team, within the top 5:

  • Maryland 951.151
  • Purdue 931.390
  • New Zealand  919.058
  • Middlebury College  914.809
  • Ohio State  903.938
One of the most intriguing aspects of this competition is the charting of the energy balance, taking a look at the created village to see how much energy was produced and how much used to help better understand energy needs and efficiency.
Have you competed in the Solar Decathlon? Share your team’s story in a comment.

Take a Look at Northwest Perspective, a Current Gelotte Hommas Project

On our new website, you can see both completed and in progress Gelotte Hommas projects. While looking over the photos, it’s important to remember that these aren’t just spaces that are designed for the sake of beauty and having a place to rest your head or to go to work–They’re spaces that our team works to tailor for you so that you can’t wait to get home or into the office.

As you look over our projects, get into our perspective by reading our notes.

Elevations for current underway project "Northwest Perspective"

In the notes on the Northwest Perspective home, you’ll see items that you expect. Dimensions, “4,535 SF custom home”, style, “ Contemporary Northwest style”, and placement, “In the “Infinity” development in Kirkland”, are all expected. Where Gelotte Hommas goes further is in keeping our clients and the family that will live in the space at the forefront of our minds throughout the design process, even sharing a bit about the space in our notes as it effects them.

•”Light filled great room style living” that’s “designed for a family with young children” tells you what the goal of the property is. We want to create a space that is natural, open, and welcoming for a young family as they grow and prosper. This space needs to be adaptable, as the young children will grow up in the home, and need to have a space that grows with them. There should be plenty of room, in case the family expands, and lots of space for entertaining, as birthday parties, club meetings, and more will probably be enjoyed within these walls.

If you’re looking for a home that is custom designed to fit your needs in a modern and eco-friendly perspective, please contact us today.

Enjoy a Family Model Making Workshop in Seattle

Take your kids from drawing houses to building them with an architecture class.

Earlier this week we officially announced arc i tek, our youth program to be held in conjunction with the Seattle Architecture Foundation. While we know that you’re excited, we didn’t want to leave you waiting for wonderful kid friendly activities involving a passion for architecture. If you want to get into something right now, try the Family Model Making Workshop with the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

The workshop series is holding their “Family Model Making Workshop, More Building” and helps families take a 2D model to a 3D model.

“ Using a variety of materials and techniques, young architects and their families will build several types of models in this workshop. Participants will learn how architects and designers use models to imagine a building. “

Get the entire family involved in the creative process of architecture and design with this wonderful program. The next workshop of this kind is set for November 5th, 11 AM – 2 PM. The cost is $15 per attendee.

Do you enjoy family friendly architecture events?


Photo courtesy of Flickr


Announcing Our New Initiative, Arc i tek

We’ve been hinting and teasing about a new program with Gelotte Hommas that would be coming down the pipeline. We offer thanks to everyone for their patience while awaiting the news, and we’re happy to say that we can finally announce arc i tek!

Contact Gelotte Hommas for more details

Arc i tek will be a youth based program in which Gelotte Hommas Architecture will work with the Seattle Architecture Foundation. The program will feature a series of workshops and tours that will come to a competition. This program is great for youth who have an interest in architecture or just in design, and will help to engage them towards “building a vision of a future Seattle World’s Fair in the year 2062.” In workshops, teachers will work with youth to explore design and create their own submission models for this goal of future vision.

More details should be coming soon, but stay excited about this great opportunity!