Mercer Island, Washington
Situated on a steeply sloping, wooded site alongside a small stream, this 2400 s.f. 3-story residence was designed to accommodate a young professional couple. An industrial palette of materials - steel, concrete block, and metal siding - were chosen not only for aesthetic appeal but also for ease of maintenance. The living area cantilevers off the lower level garage and bedrooms in an effort to minimize root damage to the existing Douglas fir trees. Only three trees were removed to accommodate the home. An entry stair tower leads to the first floor which contains two children's bedrooms, a bathroom, a small play area, laundry and mechanical storage. The kitchen, living, and dining areas open onto a deck to an expansive view of the wooded ravine. As one continues up the stairs to the main level, the landing widens to provide space for a small computer area outside the path of circulation. The upper floor contains a music room and is connected to the master bedroom via a bridge overlooking the living space below.