美国西雅图海伦街某住宅(Helen Street House )- mw|works architecture + design

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建筑设计:mw|works architecture + design
地点:美国,西雅图(Seattle, United States)
主持建筑:Eric Walters, Steve Mongillo
设计团队:Suzanne Stefan
景观设计:Wittman Estes (Matt Wittman and Jody Estes)
照片版权:Andrew Pogue
海伦街在Madison Valley社区的最北边,毗邻华盛顿Arboretum公园,但是距离小镇中心又不远,步行很适宜到达。对于设计的早期讨论主要集中于在合理适度的预算下,使用简单而现代的结构配合纯净的建筑材料以及祥和的色彩上。住宅需要是开敞的,光亮的,私密但又通透的,能有良好的视线观赏景色。最重要的是,业主描述一种结合景观的安静的设计,它可以为家庭创造一种安宁祥和的氛围。

From the architect. The clients were living on a rural property east of Seattle but found themselves drawn back to the growing vibrancy and culture of the city. They loved the peaceful setting of their old home with its quietness and easy indoor/outdoor living but it was oversized for two people and two small dogs. The new project would distill their way of living into a smaller footprint, specifically tailored to their tastes and activities.

Helen Street is on the north edge of the Madison Valley neighborhood abutting the fringe of the Washington Park Arboretum, but within easy walking distance of the village center. Early design discussions focused on a simple modern structure with a purity of materials and a quiet palette constructed on a modest budget. The home should be open, light filled and private but also transparent and open to views to the landscape. Above all, the owners described a quiet design integrated with landscape that would create a tangible calmness in the home.

The concept grew from this premise, drawing complexity from the opportunities and constraints of an urban corner lot. A courtyard in the center of the site brings light and private outdoor space deeper into the site and serves as an organizational hub for the home. The sunnier south and western fringes of the site are reserved for gardens. Territorial view corridors helped identify where the building could be very transparent and where privacy was more important. The material palette was simple with a largely glassy main level with solid volumes crisply detailed in cement panels. Floating above, the roof plane and master suite are clad in naturally weathered cedar planks. Anchoring the house around the courtyard, the outdoor chimney and garden shed are clad in heavy reclaimed timbers, stacked and blackened.

By working closely with the owner, who also managed and built the project, the design concept and execution were closely integrated from concept through fabrication. The limited construction budget was focused on key spaces and experiences while others were kept more straightforward. With a shared understanding of project goals there was a great economy of communication and efficiency in realizing the built work.

The outcome is a project that is simple but very intentional and serves as a backdrop to the landscape and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. A true collaboration.

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