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Photo: Nic Lehoux

House of Smith Jet City

Seattle, Washington

House of Smith Jet City

Seattle, Washington

  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig

Originally a Dr. Pepper bottling plant and later a recycling center, the design of House of Smith Jet City (formerly Charles Smith Wines) preserves as much of its hard-won industrial patina as possible, while opening up the building to the surrounding Seattle neighborhood, the runways of Boeing Field, and dramatic views of Mt. Rainier.

The former 32,000 square-foot building is composed of two structures, a two-floor office building and a contiguous open-structure steel truss warehouse. Together, they provide space for everything from grape crush to barrel storage and bottling, to tasting rooms and sales. The transformation of this 1960s era building involved the removal of a portion of the exterior street-side façade replacing it with a 19-by-60-foot span of windows, opening the building up to the neighborhood and views.

This project is about folding together the unfound beauty of the building with the larger‑than‑life spirit that is Charles Smith. Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA




Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, American Architecture Award


Architizer A+ Awards, Winner, Hospitality: Bars & Nightclubs



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