A 1,800-square-foot floating home was prefabricated at a shipyard in Port Townsend, Washington, and traveled by tugboat to its final destination, Seattle’s Lake Union.
Melding corrugated metal with Douglas Fir wood, a sustainable home in Seattle brings nature inside while preserving a couple’s privacy.
Seattle-based architect Christopher Patano and his wife had a vision for their 1950s ranch-style residence: to transform it into a home that used as little energy as possible. They decided to build upon its existing foundation and let the conditions of the south-facing lot—a valued commodity in the gray Pacific Northwest—guide their design.
A Seattle property's outbuilding occupies the corner of a backyard filled with carefully-tended plants. The studio was positioned at the yard’s far corner, diagonal from the main house’s back door, to create a path through the garden that would engage visitors in landscape.
This home for a newly-arrived East Coast family capitalizes on its relationship to the surrounding environment. “We used extensive glazing in the kitchen, dining, and bedroom areas to capture views of Lake Washington and downtown Bellevue across the water,” architect Julian Weber says.