Dear Friend of Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design,

In more than a decade, RES has been refining a residential compound in Seattle's Queen Anne Neighborhood. These refinements include renovations and additions to a heritage residence designed by Arthur Loveless, a new 2800 sq ft guest house, and the residential landscape for this compound.

A sense of space and solitude is created in this final piece, a convertible pavilion. This garden structure hovers on the western slope of upper Queen Anne hill, and nestles into the hillside. Imagined as a sculptural landscape element, this retreat and gathering pavilion transforms with the seasons and quickly changes as the weather demands. Inspired by the impressive prospects of Elliott Bay, Magnolia and the Olympic Mountains to the west, the design delicately blends the pavilion into the client's existing compound, protects the roots of a grand elm tree and respects neighbor's views. A full description and project images are posted on our website, - Queen Anne Pavilion

We are also proud to announce this project has advanced in the World Architecture News 2014 Small Spaces Awards Competition!  Click this link for our submission.

We continue our successful associations in China! As design leader, Robert Edson Swain Architect + Design, along with our China team: won 1st prize nationally in the planning design for Luoyang City's Yi/Luo River Competition!  This is the most historic birthplace of Chinese culture -- the former Middle Kingdom -- the three original Kingdoms: Xia, Shang & Zhou, starting in the 21st century BC. It was in the Zhou Kingdom where Taoism was established. Later, two significant Dynasties emerged, the Han and Tang. During the Tang Dynasty, Buddhism was welcomed and established in China.

Our design utilizes a matrix of parks reflecting the geographic relationship between the five city states. Ecological planning connects history through a system of waterways, while preserving farmland and integrating modern city development. The result is an ecologically complex plan that allows the antecedent cultural past to be told through a park and river network. A full description and project images are posted on our website, - Yi/Luo River Competition

Please browse our website for an update of our current work. We look forward to working with you in the future!


Queen Anne Pavilion
Interiors consultant: InteriorWorks
Engineering: IL Gross
General Contractor: Krekow Jennings
Photography: Ken Gutmaker, Copyright © 2015

Yiluo Planning
Chinese Collaborator: Beijing Orient Landscape Co., Ltd


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