Studio Blog

Solar panels

Incorporating Renewable Energy Design Into the Daily Lives of our Clients

November 5, 2019 | , ,

One hundred percent solar powered homes are not pipe dreams of the future anymore. Current access to solar energy and pricing has made it a necessity instead of a luxury. Read more ›


Sunrise on Bainbridge Island

October 22, 2019 | ,

I am always inspired by the view from our office on beautiful Bainbridge Island. Read more ›

Tumble Creek Cabin

Tumble Creek Cabin at Beautiful Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum is Ready For Winter!

October 8, 2019 | , ,

Suncadia is a picturesque Washington State resort, with 40+miles of hiking and biking trails, three championship golf courses, local wining & dining and world class spa treatments. This special place is home to the Tumble Creek Cabin designed for one of our favorite clients! Read more ›

Mirth Studio Signature Collection

“Sophisticated to Playful” by Mirth Studio

September 17, 2019 | ,

Let’s bring a touch of fun and whimsy back into our homes! We love the patterned wood floor tiles from Mirth Studio. Read more ›

Karuna House

Coates is Working to Become a Certified Passive House Consultant

September 3, 2019 | , ,

Coates Design Architects currently has staff engaged in the rigorous education and testing program developed by Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) required to become a Certified Passive House Consultant. Read more ›

Summer party

Coates Summer Party Fun!

August 16, 2019 | , ,

With the sun came the fun! Coates staff hosted a fun-filled Summer Party with great food and even better company. Our entire office space was filled to the brim as guests viewed an exciting sneak- peak of the Aberdeen Gateway Center project. Read more ›

Art rack

Art Rack Design

August 1, 2019 |

This summer Coates Design was pleased to help one of our clients, a renowned art collector, organize her vast collection of 20th century paintings by designing a mobile art-rack system. Read more ›

Sharma Springs by Ibuku

Bamboo in Bali

July 26, 2019 | ,

Ah Bali! As we enjoy our summer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, it is lovely to dream of exotic locales and all the beautiful sights awaiting us. Whenever I travel I make it a point to enjoy the local architecture and observe how unique design challenges are solved. Read more ›

Dew on grass

Evidence-Based Design for Healthcare

July 3, 2019 | , ,

Coates Design Architects in Seattle is very interested in Evidence-Based Design Accreditation & Certification (EDAC), a course and movement that trains design professionals to think differently about how to provide informed healthcare design. Read more ›

Steep Slope

Steep Slope Created Design Opportunities

June 25, 2019 | , ,

The initial challenge for Seattle Architect, Coates Design Architects, was to create a design concept that would work on a steep sloping lot. The property previously had been graded with two areas that were relatively level—one up hill and one down. To maximize the uphill level area as yard space, Coates Design placed the house next to the downhill property line. This location put the side yard several feet above the ground floor level of the house allowing all the living spaces to be situated on second floor with a two-car garage, shop space, and foyer on the ground floor. Read more ›

Stanley Tigerman's Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois

In Memory of Stanley Tigerman

June 18, 2019 | , ,

“I still see architecture as the high road… as an ethical pursuit,” said Stanley Tigerman in a 2013 interview in Chicago magazine. Mr. Tigerman, 88, passed away on June 3, 2019, leaving a legacy as credible and influential as any of his peers. While Tigerman is credited with over 390 projects and over 175 built works around the world, one of the things that differentiated him from his peers is that he focused the majority of his career on his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Read more ›


Aaron Levine Studio Tour

March 2, 2018 |

The visit to Aaron Levine Studio was inspiring in the design methodology to create furniture as art. Aaron is inspired by content and derives tile patterns from tessellations. The process to come up with these tessellations derive from multiple inspirations like connections with nature and the universe. Majority of Aaron’s work is tables like chess, computer, and dinner and he has done specialty pieces that have been custom made for various churches and museums. Read more ›

Coates Design Wins Copper Award!

Coates Design Wins Copper Award!

August 7, 2017 | , , ,

Coates Design Architects, has been awarded the 2016 North American Copper in Architecture Award. This award recognizes unusual and brilliant uses of copper in building design. A short walk from the Seattle ferry, the building reveals the progressive ideas of northwest architect: Matthew Coates. Read more ›

Bainbridge Island Open House

May 22, 2017 | ,

The Bainbridge Island City Council voted on Tuesday, May 2 to move forward with investigating a site on New Brooklyn for a new Police and Municipal Court Building. This decision came after reviewing the analysis for six potential sites that had been completed by Coates Design, and hearing public comment from an Open House that occurred on April 12. Read more ›

Matthew Coates, Coates Design Architects

A Flexible Person—Matthew Coates

May 22, 2017 | ,

My father once told me, “A flexible man does not break.” Easier said than done. My first design job was a barn project for a family member. I didn’t know what I was doing but I was overjoyed because the contractor hired to build the barn allowed me to generate the design. I put together the drawings and a couple renders and we (the contractor and I) met with the owner to present the idea. Read more ›

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