Ada's Technical Books and Cafe, Seattle.

Ada's Technical Books and Cafe, Seattle.

Credit: © Cindy Apple


Board & Vellum 

When owners Danielle and David Hulton opened their bookstore in 2010, they centered their philosophy around three cornerstones of Seattle culture: food, coffee, and technically minded citizens. When they moved to a new storefront last year, they added a fourth: sustainability. The team at supremely local firm Board & Vellum (its offices are a block away) created a 4,402-square-foot retail space in a 1922 house that was converted to retail space more than 30 years ago. With a goal of updating and opening the space while preserving the original detailing, the designers incorporated any reusable existing materials into the newly renovated space. Old doors found new life as bookcases and signage; café furniture was reused, as were salvageable timbers and framing, resulting in what juror Josh Shelton called “a sort of artful clutter,” while Gregory Hoss appreciated “the playfulness and quirkiness.” “The handmade and very local materials make it specific to that community,” juror Cary Bernstein said. “It's visually innovative, even down to the furniture and lighting fixtures, and it's a very fully considered space at all levels of design.” 

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Exterior.

Exterior.

Credit: © Cindy Apple


Community room.

Community room.

Credit: © Cindy Apple


Interior, bookstore and cafe.

Interior, bookstore and cafe.

Credit: © Cindy Apple


Cafe.

Cafe.

Credit: © Cindy Apple


Drawings

Ground-level plan.

Ground-level plan.

Credit: Courtesy Board & Vellum



Project Credits

Project  Ada's Technical Books and Café, Seattle
Architect  Board & Vellum, Seattle—Jeffrey Pelletier, AIA (principal & owner); Scott Pitek (principal)
General Contractor  Model Remodel—Jason Legat
Developer  Dandy Properties—Danielle and David Hulton
Structural Engineer  Perbix Bykonen Quinn Structural Engineering—Tom Bykonen
Mechanical Engineer  Rensch Engineering—Chris Rensch
Artist  Nicholas Hernandez
Photography  Cindy Apple
ProjectSize  4,402 square feet
ConstructionCost  Withheld

Materials and Sources

Bathroom Fittings  Delta deltafaucet.com
Bathroom Fixtures  ProFlo proflo.com
Countertops  Custom stained butcher block
Dishwasher  CMA Dishmachines cmadishmachines.com
Doors  Andersen andersenwindows.com
ExteriorSiding  James Hardie jameshardiecommercial.com
Flooring   Forbo Marmoleum www.forboflooringna.com; Shaw Contract Group (carpet) shawcontractgroup.com
Hardware  Schlage schlage.com
HVAC  Rheem rheem.com
Kitchen Cabinets  Custom stainless open shelving and counters
Kitchen Fittings  Delta deltafaucet.com
Kitchen Fixtures  Elkay elkay.com
Lighting Fixtures  Tech Lighting (SoCo pendants)  techlighting.com
Oven  American Range americanrange.com
Paints and Finishes  Devine Color devinecolor.com
Refrigerator  Admiral Craft admiralcraftequipment.com
Skylights  Velux veluxusa.com
Windows  Andersen andersenwindows.com