babienko brought to life Chef Shota Nakajima’s vision of establishing an authentic Japanese street food experience on Capitol Hill. Starting from a 1,300 sf blank slate, babienko created a Japanese back-alley streetscape ambience through use of materials typically found on building exteriors – including brick, concrete, and corrugated metal – and with the installation of […]

Crockett’s Public House

“I’m sure people are ready for this,”   – owner, referring to the missing mirror between the men’s and women’s bathrooms.   Crockett’s Public House, located in Maple Valley, WA, is the second establishment of a successful eatery originally based in Puyallup, WA. Babienko was tasked with incorporating the original establishment’s character while enhancing the […]

Meat & Bread

“We don’t want a museum, man” – client   Meat & Bread is located in the recently completed Central Agency Building on Capitol Hill, an adaptive reuse of an auto row structure building that was converted into a storage facility decades ago. Beneath the corrugated metal siding hid a cast-in-place concrete building with large floor […]

Metier Racing & Coffee

Located in Capitol Hill, Métier is an adaptive reuse of a 1900’s Auto Row warehouse building, which was originally constructed as an auto parts retail store and was most recently used as a second hand thrift shop. We were tasked with minimizing our intervention to the building structure and avoiding triggering a substantial alteration while […]

Seattle Children’s Playgarden

Awarded 2012 Excellence In Concrete Construction: Sustainable Merit Category   “It is a wonderful space, and as it begins to be upholstered in kids’ artifacts, it has a certain stately comfort about it that is quite unusual.” – PlayGarden parent   The PlayGarden provides recreational, and therapeutic, opportunities for children of all ages, with varying […]

Lost Lake

“… Looks great! It is like the 5 Point had a kid with someone way more attractive.” –Dow Constantine, King County Executive   Referencing Mid Century Modern design ideas that should never be forgotten, the design for the café and lounge grew from the concept of putting a bright and lively 24 hour diner back to […]

Unicorn / Narwhal

“Why not?” – babienko architects   The owner, who is an old friend of Jeff’s, contacted babienko architects to assist in completing the conversion of the Satellite Bar and Restaurant in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle into the Unicorn Bar and Restaurant.   babienko architects was then challenged with developing a design for the Narwhal in […]

Central Agency Building

Located in Capitol Hill, Central Agency Inc. is an adaptive reuse of an auto row structure building, in this case one long converted into a storage facility. Beneath the corrugated metal siding hides a cast-in-place concrete building with large floor to ceiling window openings, old growth timber beams and columns, and open web hip girder […]

Driscoll Robbins

We were tasked with renovating the interior and exterior of the new showroom for Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets. Subtle, playful design with minimalist detailing both on the interior and exterior highlights the merchandise and focuses the eye of the consumer.   Photographs – Alex Hayden


“Where is the architecture?” – village idiot   The architecture of Pedini Seattle is subtle and quiet, drawing the consumer through a series of rooms. Inspired by minimalist details, this design showcases the object, and engages the gaze of the consumer into the display.   Photographs – Alex Hayden