This year, builders, architects, and chefs from the Greater Seattle Area set out to depict the curious world of Santa’s elves using our favorite building materials: candy and confectionaries.
Our scene explores the flurry of activity in Santa’s workshop as the North Pole prepares for Christmas. Elves happily scramble to assemble toys and pack gifts (including some Sounders gear for the nicest fans in the world) as Santa checks his list for the second time.
JDRF’s Gingerbread Village is one of our favorite creative exercises. It presents a space for our team (in collaboration with the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties) to stretch the limits of the art of architecture. It allows us to take the same tools and principles we use for creating luxury homes and apply them to an enchanting scene for our community.
This year, the winner of the village will be decided entirely by audience votes.
Here’s how you can help: text to vote. Text JDRF5 4 to 20222 to vote for the Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture entry in the #ElfLife Gingerbread Village.
The village is on display now through January 1, 2020. The event is free to the public, but we encourage you to leave a donation to research and cure type 1 diabetes. Visit the event page to learn more about the Seattle Gingerbread Village and JDRF Greater Northwest.
The Art of Architecture
We’re committed to the art of architecture, no matter the materials. Residential architect Eric Drivdahl reminds us that “art can happen in many different mediums, and candy is simply another expression of that. These gingerbread houses allow us to take what we know of materials, patterns, and textures and apply it to a different context: a context designed to delight the eyes and imaginations of young children.” From gingerbread and gumdrops to marble and cedar, we’re inspired to create custom designs that bring dreams to life.