House with an Open Plan Around a Central Living Space

Located in Seattle, Washington this 5100 square feet house is designed to maximize the relationship to the lake through section and massing exploration. It has an open plan around a living space that allows a visual connection to adjacent spaces while maintaining a privacy within. To compliment the site and provide balance between structure and landscape, the main living spaces were lowered to four feet above lake level, rendering a lower profile. Starting from the house’s entrance views through it reveal the lake beyond which looks to be on the same level. The are two courtyards: one at the public entry side and another at the private lakeside. The tallest volume is utilized to bring privacy for outdoor living to the lakeside by shielding it from the adjoining property. [SkB Architects]

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