Graham Baba's 'magic touch'

"Both tenants and customers are attracted by the funky charm of these spaces, as well as the shops, bars and restaurants that fill them.  Jim Graham said the projects work because the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. They also provide an antidote to the vanilla spaces big chain outlets tend to occupy.  There are buildings, such as Melrose Market, that have a charm “that we don't want to bulldoze over,” he said. “Those buildings just need a little bit of care and thought to become something special, and Graham Baba has shown an ability to do so.”

Source: The Daily Journal of Commerce

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Miller's Guild On Floornature

"Like a sophisticated plate-up, the architecture designed by Graham Baba Architects is also layered, bringing together cooking, woodcraft and metalwork in a 263-square-metre open space to create an all-embracing visual harmony."

Source: Floornature

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Artisans + Architects Write-Up on Washington Fruit

"The architects carefully curated the landscape as well, using excavated dirt from the foundation to block views of a nearby highway and open up the more pleasing vistas in the distance. “There’s a circle of earth berms so you don’t see the horizon, but you see hills beyond – you’re not aware of the surroundings,” he says."

Source: Architects + Artisans

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Washington Fruit in Huffington Post

“The only precedent the owner showed us was a dilapidated barn, with very old, black wood falling off the building,” says Brett Baba, partner in Graham Baba Architects. “You could see the diagonal knee braces – the gabled shape and the weathered, angled wood were the takeaways.”

Source: Huffington Post

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Meet The Minds of Graham Baba

"Jim Graham and Brett Baba’s Seattle-based architecture practice boasts a robust portfolio of eclectic projects that evoke a refreshing, distinctly West Coast vibe. This month, the founders of Graham Baba Architects discuss finding balance, defying expectation, and what really brings a space to life."

Source: Hospitality Design 

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Gray Magazine Article on Lino Tagliapietra's New Seattle Studio

"...Tagliapietra has been the subject of dozens of international exhibitions. Earlier this year, the artist opened a new showroom in Seattle’s Belltown in a former auction house. Designed by Graham Baba Architects and built by Dovetail General Contractors, the 6,600-square-foot space features white oak flooring, custom blackened-steel tables and stands, and a 45-foot-long light monitor that allows Tagliapietra’s whimsical suspended pieces to hover above gallerygoers."

Source: Gray Magazine

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Tectonic on ArchDaily

"Tectonic, a digital experience design studio, desired an open workspace that satisfied their simple office requirements while simultaneously providing space for entertainment—a union of work and relaxation. The modest 2,738-square-foot office space is located on the fourth floor of a six-story, mixed-used building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood."

Source: ArchDaily

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Cowiche Canyon on Dexigner

"The Kitchen is elegant yet approachable in its aesthetic, with the dining room and kitchen area all under one roof to put the preparation of food at center stage. Surrounding seating affords views of the chefs at work. Wrapped on three sides with large windows, the dining area opens to the neighborhood, visually and symbolically merging the activity inside with the neighborhood beyond."

Source: Dexigner

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The Studios On Dexigner

"Occupying two floors of the historic Carl Gould-designed Times Square Building, the project transforms a dated, street-level retail space and basement into a bustling community and arts educational center. Composed of seven rentable studios, The Studios was established to fill a city-wide void in state-of-the-art space for rehearsals, auditions, readings, recording sessions, and performances."

Source: Dexigner

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Yakima Herald Article On Washington Fruit

"Views throughout the complex are directed inward to the courtyard or upward to nearby basalt formations and the geography of distant hills, Baba said.  “It’s largely about creating an inward focus for the views,” he said. “So the space, the courtyard and the buildings are wrapped with these berms and site walls. It’s ... about focusing the views and creating a great workplace for the people there.”

Source: Yakima Herald

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Office Snapshot of Cloud Room

"The concept for Cloud Room posits that “the best office might not be an office at all.” Cloud Room provides a shared working environment and private member’s club enriched by the people who occupy it. The light-filled space creates opportunities for independence and provides people across a range of fields with the ability to connect and collaborate."

Source: Office Snapshots

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Washington Fruit Wins Architizer's A+ Popular Choice Award

"...Entries are judged by more than 400 luminaries and thought leaders from fields as diverse as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and tech. We wanted to create an awards program that reminded the world how important architecture is. What architects do shapes every space and every place where people spend their lives."

Source: Architizer

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Pratt in the DJC

"The nonprofit plans to build a 14,000-square-foot structure with offices, a reception area, and studio space for drawing, painting, printmaking, letterpress, book arts and youth programming. There would also be a new community art gallery on Jackson and a public courtyard...Graham Baba Architects will design the project and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol will be the landscape architect." 

Source: The Daily Journal of Commerce

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GBA Designed PCC Heads South

"PCC has been expanding recently, opening locations at Green Lake, Columbia City, and Bothell within the past four years. It plans to open a location in Madison Valley in 2019.  PCC, the nation’s largest natural-foods retail co-op, has also been experimenting with in-store concepts, such as taquerias and more open kitchens.  The Burien location will include a taqueria, along with a cafe featuring fresh-baked goods, as well as standard PCC offerings of organic produce, meat and seafood, and hot and cold food bars."

Source: The Seattle Times

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Multiple Northwest Firms win 2017 American Architecture Awards

"Several buildings designed by Northwest firms were among 79 that won 2017 American Architecture Awards.  The awards were announced last week by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.  Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters in Yakima by Graham Baba Architects was one of the winners."

Source: The Daily Journal of Commerce

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