It was the warmest December on record in Seattle, but that didn’t stop local architects from designing their annual round of gingerbread houses at Christmas. The 2014 theme, “Jingle All the Way,” was inspired by holiday songs, with donations raised during the event (as in years past) going to the JDRF Northwest Chapter.
“I’ll be home for Christmas”/”Santa is coming to town”/”Christmas in the Northwest” by 4D Architects, Inc./Jay Sardeson (Ariel Rosenstock)
There were the usual suspects: crystalline candy windows, gumdrop roofs, candy cane sleds, and of course, pounds and pounds of gingerbread. But there are plenty of surprises too. Callison’s interpretation of three popular holiday tunes brought gingerbread to Hollywood; MulvannyG2 put Santa in a lounge chair on a Hawaiian beach; and 4D Architects rendered the Seattle skyline in candy, with highlights like the Space Needle, a ferry, kayakers, and what looks like a sedate version of the Gum Wall, done up in multi-colored jelly beans rather than previously chewed gum. There’s also a tree-topped construction crane and a roller coaster. Can you spot them? Have a game of Where’s Waldo or I Spy. Below were the other four Seattle gingerbread houses of 2014.“Chipmunk Song”/”Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”/”All I want for Christmas” by Callison/Lee Baldyga (Ariel Rosenstock) “Feliz Navidad” by Bailly and Bailly/Chef Armstrong (Ariel Rosenstock) “Mele Kalikimaka” by MulvannyG2 Architecture/Joleen Anderson (Ariel Rosenstock) “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”/”Little Drummer Boy”/“Do You Hear What I hear?”/“First Noel” by Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties & Gelotte Hommas Architecture/Jay Sardeson (Ariel Rosenstock)