Tucked into a small city lot along the water’s edge, the house was designed to live like a studio loft for a bachelor who values privacy, a central location to reside in the city, and a convenient spot to park the float plane.
Hidden from the street, the building is a protective shell of zinc and aluminum – a refined version of the maritime industrial sheds found throughout the waterfronts of Seattle. Waterside, the house becomes more transparent, with prospect-views over the houseboats of Portage Bay and the Cascade Mountains.
There are two floor levels, sized and shaped to envelope the occupant in a protective refuge. An interior palette of cedar, walnut, flagstone, blackened steel and marble stands in contrast to the machine-like character of the exterior. The style is modern with somewhat a mid-century modern feel, and much wood makes it cozier and comfier.
The kitchen is small and streamlined with equipment paired down to the essentials. Bathing happens in a below-grade spa or a master bath with a Japanese style hinoki tub overlooking the lake. The master bedroom is all clad with warm-colored wood, even the bed and bedside tables are made of the same type of wood. The owner can enjoy stunning bay views as one of the walls is completely glazed. You can also see a large laundry room with everything necessary and completely decluttered, a very comfy utility space.