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Photographer: Paul Warchol

An American Place

  • PROJECT ROLES
  • Jim Olson, Design Principal
  • Stephen Yamada-Heidner, Project Manager
  • LOCATION & YEAR
  • Seattle WA, 2004

Project Details

Conservation of the site’s natural elements and the presentation of art were the two primary challenges in designing this house. The resulting design weaves the two themes together—art into the home and the house into nature—into a comfortable place to live.

The footprint of the house shifts back and forth to preserve as many of the second-growth trees as possible, and the home’s planted roof provides a habitat for small creatures. Inside, the house is organized around the one of the nation’s premier collections of 20th century American art.

Interior design by Terry Hunziker.