Miller Hull

Bainbridge Island City Hall

Bainbridge Island, WA
The first building in the Northwest built with FSC Certified wood
Client City of Bainbridge Island
Size 24,000 SF
Completion 2000


Consolidating departments previously housed in a combination of owned and leased buildings across the island, the design for this civic building reflects community values of not being ostentatious but, at the same time, projecting a strong service-focused civic presence.

The building is organized around a “street” running east west down the center of the building, flanked on either side by service counters for city building, planning, and engineering departments. A linear skylight runs the length of the building at the top of this two-story space. Council Chambers anchors one end of the building, with a community meeting space at the other. Administration is housed in the second floor of the gable form, with views into the interior street from operable wood windows, in a continuation of the rhythm established on the exterior. The form and materials echo many of the historic farming buildings and timber heritage found throughout this island community is reflected through expressive structure and detailing without losing a modern edge.

By placing one gable end of the linear building out tight to the street, the building accommodates a “town square” behind, bracketed by the City Hall, a Performing Arts Building and future mixed use building.  Public art installations by local artists throughout ground the structure in island culture. Most of the pieces are functional, allowing for artists budgets to be supplemented by the value of the work that they replace.