This is a new house design on the boards for a family on Seattle’s Eastside.
The site is a large, gently sloping lot bordered on three sides by streets and driveways. Our clients asked us to focus on creating a sense of privacy and filling the house with natural light.
Our design response takes these two criteria as its driving concept. We sunk the house down and buried it on the exposed street side in order to create a private, green, southwest-facing courtyard space. The great room and master bedroom are arranged in an L-shape around this private outdoor room, and the house’s secondary spaces are arranged as a second, peripheral L-shape around those primary rooms.
These primary rooms also feature sloping roofs that shade the intense southern light, and open up like factory monitors to the passive north light. The remaining spaces are capped with a low profile flat roof.
Name: Clyde Hill House
Location: Clyde Hill, WA USA
Scope: New 4-bedroom house on a 1/4 acre lot
Area: 4100 SF
Architect: Paul Michael Davis, Tiffany Chow, Mariana Gutheim, Graham Day, Terence Wong
Contractor: Jason Reid + Andy Watts, Boom Builders
Landscape Architect: Dan Dizazzo
Structural & Civil: Mark Leingang TransOlympic Engineering Inc.
Art Consulting: Lele Barnet
Furniture: InForm Interiors, Design Within Reach, BluDot