• by mr. diego pardo

    West Seattle Residence

    I tend to like the all-industrial design and its simple use of architectural simplicity, but in this house the implementation of these makes it seem empty and cold. The warehouse section of the house does have a great design, especially with the vast windows, but personally the windows make the house feel naked. I think that the glass curtain removes the privacy and comfort of the home.

    I don't want to sound hasty, because design-wise, it is a very good one. BUT in my opinion the hangar-like design takes away from the feel of the home. It reminds me more of the AEG turbine factory in Berlin by Peter Behrens than a house, right?

    Description from the architects, Lawrence Architecture:

    A modern house on view property with 3,800 SF of living space and a 925 SF detached garage. Primary materials include concrete, steel, and glass. A concrete wall up to twenty-four feet high organizes the site and the house: the garage, entry and service spaces are on the street side of the wall, while providing privacy for the main living space which is a curtain wall-enclosed pavilion. The wall is also the organizing element for the circulation including the stairs with cantilevered steel treads. Supported on steel frames and triangular steel trusses, the roof swoops over the concrete wall capping the pavilion. Eight by sixteen foot sections of the curtain wall pivot for ventilation. The stair has demountable guardrails which are normally in place but were removed for the photographs.

    The master bedroom is in a loft space above the kitchen, while a family room, media room, children’s bedrooms and bathrooms occupy the daylight basement level. There is additional living space above the garage accessible via stair or future elevator.


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