Lake Washington Residence

Kirkland, WA

  • 4,605 square feet
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 baths
  • Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Media Room, Play Room and Laundry

The large interior volumes of this home belie the fact that the buildable area of the lot is quite small and is further reduced by a restrictive height limit and sun angle setback. The site restrictions and the owners’ desire for spatial volume and high ceilings suggested that a contemporary aesthetic would best suit this project. The main living spaces and the guest bedroom were placed on the upper floor where the most volume was possible giving the large living room a tremendous openness and a great view of Lake Washington. The living room opens to a large cast-in-place concrete terrace allowing owners and guests to flow from inside to out. The dining room and kitchen were placed up three steps creating more intimate spaces and allowing views over furniture and people in the living room. The large windows, skylights, and high clerestory windows create spaces that are bright and inviting. On the lower level the master suite is separated from the other bedrooms by a recreation room which provides a family gathering space on the lower floor. The exterior forms are clean and contemporary. They are reinforced with clean vertical wood siding and stucco. Large expanses of glass on the water side of the home are combined with solid masses to yield a balanced composition.

Structural Engineer
Perbix Bykonen
Lighting Designer
Story Light Group