This previously dark and disorganized 1950s mid-century modern home was redesigned by architecture studio Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to meet the needs of a young family who desired a sense of transparency and light to take advantage of the serene qualities of their wooded site in Seattle, Washington. The owners, a musician and jewelry designer with two children, expressed an interest in keeping the mid-century nature of the home, while improving the entry sequence and relationship of public and private spaces on the interior. They also suggested extending the living spaces outdoors to allow for informal gathering spaces and to better integrate the house with the surrounding landscape.
A composition of elongated colored boxes and planar elements organizes and enlivens the house. Circulation and living spaces occupy the resulting zones between.
Teak plywood cabinets, blackened steel, and Douglas Fir contrast with more modest materials such as painted MDF panels, fiber cement siding and simple drywall.
A spine of ipe decking and a series of playful round skylights draw one from the arrival point through the house to the living spaces and the wooded site beyond. A bold linear concrete wall links a new garage and studio, forming an entry court that simultaneously welcomes visitors and screens the private bedroom spaces nearby.
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The Creekside Residence lies in harmony with its environment, surrounded by meadows, western oaks, Douglas fir and aromatic bays bordered by two creeks in Woodside, California. Designed by architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the project focused on immersing the 10,200 square foot residence into its surroundings, by creating cantilevered roofs and views to the environment beyond. Here is a project description from the architects, â€œthe entry drive passes a pair of small outbuildings and leads to the meadow where the main house is arrayed along its southern and western edges. Designed for a couple and their two children, the house displays their collection of modern art and mid-century furniture. A glass pavilion with dining and living areas sits in the meadow, its cantilevered roof floats past the window wall, drawing oneâ€™s eye to the landscape beyond. Cedar boxes house kitchen and sleeping spaces and contrast with the pavilionâ€™s transparent nature. Slipping into the pavilion is a libraryâ€”a tall Douglas fir cabinet of book shelves with a great fireplace surrounded by glazing facing a forested glade. Bedroom spaces forming the north wing are connected by a hallway of shifting angles, reminiscent of an alley in an old village and the random nature of the original outbuildings. Creekside is composed of many dreams: humane modernism, a home floating in a gentle meadow, diminutive boxes sliding under the pavilionâ€™s delicate roof.â€ Via
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Photos: Nic Lehoux
These simply organized structures, a cottage and office, have been built to replace buildings that were already on the property but were inefficient, structurally compromised and in serious disrepair. Designed by architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Woodside, California, there is a 600 square foot Guest House, 550 square foot Caretaker Cottage, 370 square foot Caretaker Office. Rebuilding within the footprints of the former structures allowed for the introduction of a clear relationship between the buildings and better response to the site. While architecturally similar, the two new buildings are programmatically diverse with the cottage housing the living elements of the program, and the office hosting the working component.
Material, structure and craftsmanship played a vital role in the realization of these two modest buildings. They sit at the edge of a creek between the public world of the entry drive and the secluded forested creek. Western Red Cedar clad boxes, constructed with the precision and thoughtfulness of a cabinet, face the entry drive while more private glazed living areas open up to the creek.
The weathered cedar boxes contain the service elements of the program: a galley kitchen, bathrooms, an office and utility rooms. Delicate ribbon windows are strategically placed in the simple facades providing specific views, introducing light, and maintaining privacy where required. The language of this cedar skin continues inside, at times peeled away, revealing Douglas Fir siding and structure. Rafters project from the cedar boxes extending outwards, drawing one’s eyes towards the tangled oaks and moss covered rocks of the active creek. The pure glazed living areas open themselves onto the natural world. The siding and structure provide warmth to the glass boxes, and in the evening hours the spaces glow.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the Farrar Residence, a 13,000 square foot house located on 12.8 acres of land in Park City, Utah. The home is full of amazing features, but probably the most remarkable is the 25 meter lap pool that cantilevers over a seasonal stream, with an acrylic panel that extends from the pool bottom to the stainless steel ceiling and aquarium glass at the end.
Here is a project description from the architects, “The steep sloping terrain and expansive views of the alpine landscape were essential in defining the form of the house. Two linear volumes intersect at the main living space connecting the guest and master wings. The pool volume continues into the forest; terminating as it cantilevers over a seasonal creek. The material palette complements the natural setting of the house: wood siding, concrete walls, stone masses and expanses of glass create a strong connection to the landscape.”
Photos: Nic Lehoux