Washington Park Hilltop Residence by Stuart Silk Architects

Washington Park Hilltop Residence by Stuart Silk Architects

Stuart Silk Architects have designed the Washington Park Hilltop Residence in Seattle, Washington.

Washington Park Hilltop Residence by Stuart Silk Architects


This home has a large grassy front yard.


This house has a small water feature that drops from the house level down to the yard.


This house has a small water feature that drops from the house level down to the yard.


This house has a small water feature that drops from the house level down to the yard.


This house has lighting to light up the exterior at night.


The landscaping around this home has lighting included to help show the various garden features.


Large glass doors open to the backyard patio.


Featured lighting highlights this water detail.


Featured lighting highlights this water detail.


Lighting highlights the landscaping around this home.


This wood and steel front door welcomes you to this Seattle home.


This wood and steel front door welcomes you to this Seattle home.


A see-through fireplace with a steel surround separates the living area from the dining area.


A see-through fireplace with a steel surround separates the living area from the dining area.


This custom-designed steel feature partition has a cabinet attached for storage.


A see-through fireplace with a steel surround separates the living area from the dining area.


A see-through fireplace with a steel surround separates the living area from the dining area.


This dining room has enough room for 10 people.


This custom-designed steel partition has a section cut out specifically for displaying artwork.


This custom-designed steel partition has a section cut out specifically for displaying artwork.


This kitchen has a glass cabinet to show off your favorite kitchen items.


This kitchen has a large island with space for sitting, and a built-in desk.


Wood and steel stair inspiration from a home in Seattle.


Wood and steel stair inspiration from a home in Seattle.


Wood and steel stair inspiration from a home in Seattle.


Wood and steel stair inspiration from a home in Seattle.


This open hallway has bookshelves running the length of it.


Steel and stone design feature.


Description from the architects:

Water is a theme, metaphor, and constant physical presence in this house set on a bluff overlooking Lake Washington.

Views of the vast lake, Mt. Rainier and North Cascades dictated the orientation and transparency of the elevation facing the water. A plan then evolved to integrate water features into the home, to be experienced from inside and out.

An unequal-sided “H” plan places the entry, living and dining areas in a central pavilion, while flanking wings contain the family’s private rooms. The passages to the wings are compressed between gently moving water courses inspired by the canals of Suzhou and Venice. These serve not only as ever-present reminders of the beauty of water, but also the nature of passage through life as one navigates across the home’s interior and exterior spaces. The alignment of the canals also focuses the building’s orientation toward the views.

The mood of the house is quietly contemporary. The clients sought a quality of architecture that would outlive passing trends. They were also vitally concerned with the home’s sustainability; the architects incorporated many options that contribute to the projects durability and efficiency. Some examples include a green roof, gray water collection system, and solar panels for water heating.

Though the building is geometrically simple, it offers a rich juxtaposition of solidity, transparency, and liquid movement.

Photography by Rob Perry Photography

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