Enjoying the view

Dear Friend of Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design,

Unseasonably nice weather in Seattle has us thinking about the dramatic landscape views around our city.  On a minuscule hillside lot in Seattle’s West Queen Anne neighborhood, large glass openings, outdoor patios, and a deck terrace provide elevated places to enjoy westerly views.  Utility functions are screened at the abutting alley frontage.  The rusted steel screens, stained shiplap siding, and cedar slats provide a warm palette in our, often, rainy climate.  Visit our website for more information and images, - Hillside Alley Residence

Throughout the house, placement of walls were carefully chosen to screen less desirable views.  In the living space, a blackened steel fireplace and walls for artwork open to views south and west.  The corner window offers views of Douglas fir and Western Red Cedar trees, providing a visual link to the Western Red Cedar ceiling.  On such a small lot, the soaring roof provides an expanded sense of space, blurring the line between interior and exterior.

The galley kitchen combines a classic sense of simplicity with boat-like functionality.  A sophisticated use of wood detailing supports the dramatic wood ceiling overhead, unifying the kitchen with the main living space.

Perched along the hillside, the small lot requires intense stepping in the landscape to accommodate its topography.  Rusted steel detailing blends landscape and building while High Cascade Granite boulders support the elevated site above Elliott Bay.
The dramatic cedar ceiling extends over an exterior balcony, further blurring the line between indoor and outdoor space while providing a sunny pocket to enjoy the view.


Exterior Photography: Ken Gutmaker
Interior Photography: Jordan Inman & Kyle Kinney

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2300 W. Commodore Way | Suite 201 | Seattle, WA | 98199

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