To design a 2,500 square foot residence for a professional couple it was an interesting challenger from Balance Associates. The upper half of the lot affords a view east to Lake Washington, including downton Bellevue and beyond to the Cascade Mountain range. Although the house is located in an urban area, only the roof of one other house is seen from the site in the summer due to the dense vegetation.
In order to minimize the visual impact of the tall vertical massing, the house is broken into 3 parts, a base, a middle, and a cap. To visually anchor the base to the steep hillside it’s walls are splayed and covered with vines growing on a trellis. The middle form consists of 2 boxes separated by the vertical circulation space. This area has a large expanse of glass and 12’ ceilings to give the “loft-like feeling” that we desired. The main living areas are on this level to ensure the view. The gable roof with large overhangs visually caps the form and pays homage to, and protects from, Seattle’s rains.
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