Our third places portfolio projects.
TI Build-Out for a Modern Coffee Lounge
Armistice Coffee & Cocktail Bar
In the corner commercial space in the Lucille apartments, this hybrid coffeehouse/bar offers drinks and treats with the vibe of a European café.
TI for a Wine Bar on Capitol Hill
Footprint Wine Tap
This wine bar on Capitol Hill in Seattle advocates for sustainable principles and the design of their new space reflects it with salvaged, reused, and rescued materials large and small.
Tenant Improvement for a Cheese Tea Shop
Atulea Tea Shop
This cheery tea shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle features dramatic wallpaper to catch your eye and draw you in to experience its perky “beach chic” vibe.
Tenant Improvement for a Tattoo Parlor
Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing
Laughing Buddha’s new space has a soothing, spa-like atmosphere, but one that still keeps the “edge” of a tattoo and piercing parlor.
Tenant Improvement for a Coffee Shop
The Cottage: Coffee, Bistro & Bar
Coffee shop by day, restaurant, bar, and performance venue by night, this flexible space balances the aesthetics of a Parisian bistro and a rustic, country cottage.
Our third places posts.
When we’re designing spaces like coffee shops, bars, offices, and even yards, it’s key to create a space where people can have casual and occasional interactions. Here’s a little about how we go about designing spaces that promote interaction between strangers.Read more.
There are certainly reasons why some chefs and restaurant owners prefer a loud space. And, some restaurant patrons enjoy it, too, at least for a little while. Here are a few reasons why loud restaurants exist and a few ways we could make them a little quieter, while still keeping a business profitable.Read more.
Always dreamed of quitting your 9-5 job and opening your own coffee shop? Or perhaps looking to spruce up your existing quaint café? Look no further! Here are ten key design elements you won't want to forget, taking your Third Place’s design to the next level and encourage your clientele to linger.Read more.
Third Places have evolved over centuries, from the tea houses of the Jin Dynasty, to Central Perk of '90s fame, to our current, caffeinated Wi-Fi hotspots. But it's not caffeinated beverages (or Wi-Fi) that creates a successful space. So, what is it? Explore the common evolutionary thread in this latest installation about Third Places.Read more.
Maybe you've heard the term "Third Place" lately, but aren't sure what it means? Well, we here at Board & Vellum love us a good Third Place, and our own Charles Fadem is here to walk you through what Third Places are, why they matter, and what it takes to make a good one.Read more.
Recently Verne & Wells, a private gaming club in the Seattle area, hosted a game night at Board & Vellum's Below Grade lounge. Not only did we have a ton of fun, but it was a great reminder about the value of taking time to relax in space designed for play, even play for grown ups.Read more.
Our third places recognition stories.
Ada’s Technical Books & Café Featured at the 2014 Green Building Slam
At the 2014 Green Building Slam, Board & Vellum presented Ada's Technical Books & Café, featured as one of 10 projects honored.
2014 Residential Architect Design Awards Cite Ada’s Technical Books & Café
Ada’s Technical Books & Café was honored with a citation in the Light/Commercial category of the 2014 Residential Architect Design Awards.
Ada’s Technical Books & Café Wins 2014 REX Award
Board & Vellum's Ada's Technical Books & Café is honored with a Green Remodeling Excellence (REX) award in 2014.
Ada’s Technical Books & Café Wins Historic Seattle Preservation Award
Historic Seattle honored Danielle and David Hulton, owners of Ada’s Technical Books & Café, and team, with an award for Preserving Neighborhood Character.
Gold Nugget Award for Ada’s Technical Books & Café
Ada's Technical Books & Café takes home a 2014 Gold Nugget Award for Rehab Commercial / Industrial Projects.
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