In designing this 24,000 square foot, five-level structure in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood we worked closely with Jeff and Wanda Garfield to create a luxurious shopping experience for their customers that highlights the company’s commitment to sustainable business. The building also has a 3,500 square foot fifth floor apartment for the owners primary residence. The Garfield’s started Bedrooms and More in 1972 it has been continuously operated by them and their family since. The new headquarters of Bedrooms and More is a beacon for people coming from the freeway heading west on 45th Avenue East. We accomplished this by locating the entrance to the building at the southeast corner at the intersection of 4th Avenue NE only two blocks from I-5.
To improve visibility and provide drama for passing cars we created a two-story entry with an expansive window wall opening to the street the building draws visitors the store. The resulting atrium opens to the second floor and allows visitors to see there are additional show rooms above. A focal point for this space is an elegant wood and steel stair that draws visitors upwards. Our goal was to create a warm feeling with an unmistakable northwest contemporary sensibility. The building’s lobby emulates a modern northwest lodge with ceilings ranging from between 16 to 20 feet in height. Exposed wood beams and large windows welcome customers into the store. Locally produced glue-lam beams and fir planks provide the structural support for the building which imbues the space with a warm intimate almost residential feel.
The proportions of the building’s compositional elements were carefully studied. Large expanses of glass integrate with the exterior crisp white metal panels and the asymmetrically arranged black painted metal canopies to create an unusually striking composition that gives the building its dramatic presence. Sustainability was a major goal in designing this building. Many of the building’s key building components and materials were sustainably sourced and responds to a growing need for ethically sourced, natural and organic furniture and mattresses. The completed building includes two living rooftop gardens, solar panels capable of generating 18 kilowatts of power and over 200 LED lighting fixtures. A Mitsubishi ductless heating and air system was installed throughout the building, and the project team invested in sustainably harvested wood for the over 120 wooden bookcases used to house the textiles that Bedrooms & More sells in its store. EV and Tesla car chargers were also included in the parking garages.
Bedrooms & More sells mattresses, bedroom sets, kitchen, living room and dining room furniture. The store moved from its previous location at 300 NE 45th St., now known as the Bedrooms & More West building and showcases seating and living room furniture. Jeff and Wanda Garfield selected the new location in 2008, when they saw an opportunity in the market to purchase land and found their family was eager to carry on the business. Seattle has a great population of eco-conscious consumers who value organic and natural products,” said Jeff. “Many of our customers find us because they seek to furnish their homes with products that support their sustainable lifestyle.”
Architecture: Stuart Silk Architects
Interiors: Stuart Silk Architects
Landscaping: GCH Planning & Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineering: Quantum Consulting Engineers LLC
Civil Engineering: Mayfly Engineering + Design, PLLC
Mechanical Engineering: Sider + Byers Mechanical Engineers
Construction: SCL Enterprises LLC
Photography: John Granen