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Healthy Apartment

  • Jim Olson, Design Principal
  • Bellevue, Washington, 1995

Project Details

The clients wanted a house that reflected their interest in Asia to accommodate their collection of Japanese arts. A gallery runs the length of the apartment connecting all of the living spaces, and ends in a window-wall that opens to Lake Washington. The gallery is treated as a “spine of light.” Materials are used in their simplest form, in part to rely on their inherent beauty, but also to limit the potential for toxicity (the owners required non-toxic materials and construction techniques); thus unstained maple, natural, non-toxic fabrics and other inert materials, such as marble, were used.