northwest college of art

college campus

Located on a sloping 10-acre site in Poulsbo, WA with views of Liberty Bay, this small, private art college was once home to a farm estate, including a Main house, large barn and various outbuildings. The rapid growth of the student body prompted the construction of a new, 3,500 square foot, 2-story administration/classroom building, as well as the remodel/expansion of an existing outbuilding. The remodeled building contains a large art studio, photo lab, classroom and gallery/display space. The new administration/classroom building contains faculty offices on the second floor and classroom and studio spaces on the ground floor. Two entrances keep the distinct uses apart physically and allow direct, barrier-free access to both floors.


Drawing on the tradition of American and Finnish farm buildings, the structures were designed with simple gable rooflines, cedar siding and timber framing. A deep red stain and blue trimwork ties the various outbuildings together visually and differentiates them from the Main house, which is clad in brick.


Energy upgrades were made to both buildings, including enhanced roof and wall insulation, air-source heat pumps for heating and cooling, LED lighting fixtures and low-flow faucets and toilets. Materials were selected for durability, ease of maintenance and sustainability.


Seismic upgrades to the remodeled building included new foundation anchors, hurricane ties at all rafters and new shear walls. The existing concrete foundation and ground floor framing were surveyed and deemed structurally sound.


The size of the new administration building was kept to 3,500 square feet to compliment the scale of the adjacent main house and to preclude the need for a fire suppression sprinkler system.