Cutler Anderson designs Studio/Bunkhouse for dad’s work and daughter’s sleepovers

A principal at US firm Cutler Anderson Architects has created a small outbuilding at his residence overlooking the Puget Sound, which serves as both his studio and a place for his daughter to bring friends. Architect James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects created the Studio/Bunkhouse for his home on an island near Seattle. The goal

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Cascading boxes with green roofs form coastal Washington home by Prentiss Balance Wickline

American firm Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects has created a dwelling in the Pacific Northwest that consists of timber-clad volumes that step down a rocky hillside. The Bailer Hill house is anchored to a boulder-strewn slope on San Juan Island, which is part of an archipelago just off the coast of Washington state. The clients – a

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Little House by MW Works sits on bluff overlooking Washington’s Puget Sound

American studio MW Works has designed a compact cabin in a Washington forest with exterior walls clad in weathered cedar and blackened cement. The cabin called Little House is located in Seabeck, a waterfront village and former mill town in Washington. It sits within a forest on a bluff overlooking Hood Canal, a natural waterway

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Trout Lake Residence by Olson Kundig opens onto Washington landscape

Massive bi-folding doors allow this artist’s retreat in Washington by architecture firm Olson Kundig to open to the outdoors and accommodate large pieces of art. Situated in the rural area of Trout Lake, the compound is made up of four buildings arranged in two clusters. The clients, an artist couple, wanted studio spaces that would

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Seattle garden studio by Wittman Estes provides model for “courtyard urbanism”

US firm Wittman Estes has added a studio building and a Chinese-inspired courtyard to an existing residence in a dense neighbourhood, aiming to show how to maximise an urban lot. The project, called Grasshopper Studio and Courtyard, is located on a rectangular parcel that contains a modest home dating to the 1940s. The project entailed

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Foraged materials form artist’s home and studio in Washington woodland

Architect Les Eerkes rescued plywood cladding, kitchen cabinets and a tiny porthole window from houses set to be bulldozed for this rural cabin near the Puget Sound. Eerkes sourced the free materials and appliances to keep within the tight budget for the two-storey studio and residence, created for film director and artist Anna Hoover. The kitchen cabinets,

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Populous unveils renovation plans for modernist Seattle stadium

A glazed atrium will be used to expose the sloped roof of a multi-purpose arena in Seattle, as part of architectural firm Populous’ plans to update the 1960s structure. Populous is teaming with stadium design and development specialists Oak View Group (OVG) on the $600-million (£432 million) transformation of the venue, which is located in the Seattle Center

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Miller Hull clads Washington fire station in red cedar and black metal

American firm The Miller Hull Partnership has completed a firehouse in the Pacific Northwest with large bi-fold glass doors that enable a quick exit for emergency trucks. The Mercer Island Fire Station 92 is located on a small island directly east of Seattle. The two-storey building replaces an older station built in 1962 that was

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Plant-filled Seattle Spheres open at Amazon headquarters

Retail company Amazon has completed a set of glass orbs filled with “cloud forest” gardens for its headquarters in Seattle, providing work areas for employees and green space for the public. The Spheres comprises a trio on connected glass domes, located in the centre of Amazon-occupied office towers in Downtown Seattle. Amazon founder and CEO,

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Brooks + Scarpa drapes wavy metal screen over Seattle transit station

California architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has wrapped a Seattle transit facility in an undulated, blue aluminium screen that was influenced by a dance performance. The Angle Lake Transit Station and Plaza is located on a seven-acre (2.8-hectare) site in the city’s SeaTac neighbourhood. It serves as a stop along an elevated light rail line that

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Red window frames accent angular Seattle house by Stettler Design

Seattle firms Stettler Design and Paul Michael Davis Architects have used bright pops of colour to frame glazing at this pointy home. The Burke Gilman House sits close to a bike trail of the same name in the Washington city, on a spacious plot with impressive views. “The design takes advantage of the width of

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Robert Hutchison’s Cantilever House projects towards Seattle harbour

Panoramic views of Seattle’s harbour are afforded from the overhanging rear of this house, completed by American firm Robert Hutchison Architecture. The two-storey Cantilever House is located on a lot that the clients have lived on for 15 years, originally in a small bungalow. Apart from its convenient location to the University of Seattle and downtown,

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SkB Architects imbues Washington residence with art gallery aesthetic

White walls and naturally lit rooms define this family house in the Seattle area, which was revamped by American studio SkB Architects. The project, called Modern Oasis, involved the overhaul of a contemporary house located in Medina, a waterfront town that sits across Lake Washington from Seattle. The clients, who were searching for a great place to

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Traditional Washington boathouse by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer offers sweeping coastal views

Giant sliding doors allow occupants to take in the sunrise and sunset from this modest boathouse that was overhauled by American studio Hoedemaker Pfeiffer. The Hood Canal Boat House is located along the Hood Canal, a scenic waterway in northern Washington that connects to the Puget Sound. The structure sits on a forested site owned by

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Courtyard provides focal point for Seattle home by MW Works

Seattle architecture firm MW Works has helped a couple to self-build this home, which is organised around a courtyard and clad in weathered reclaimed timber. MW Works designed the Helen Street house for a couple and their two dogs, who wanted to return to the city from their rural property and downsize. The corner plot

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Jim Olson expands tiny cabin he built 60 years ago in rural Washington

Jim Olson, co-founder of Seattle architecture studio Olson Kundig, has made a series of additions to a bunkhouse he designed and built aged 18, as a first-year architecture student. The Olson Cabin is located on a forested site in Longbranch, a village situated on a peninsula in the Puget Sound. The site has been in

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Blackened wood house by Robert Hutchison provides retreat in Seattle forest

This black woodland house on the outskirts of Seattle is set around a gravelled courtyard, which provides its residents with a secluded outdoor space safe from roaming elk. The residence, called Courtyard House on a River, is located in an evergreen forest on the banks of White River, which is a designated habitat for wild elk. Local studio Robert Hutchison Architecture

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Olson Kundig set to overhaul Seattle Space Needle

American firm Olson Kundig Architects has unveiled plans to renovate the Space Needle observation tower in Seattle by adding slanted glass balustrades and a rotating glass floor. Called the Century Project, the $100 million (approximately £78 million) renovation aims to preserve and modernise the 184-metre-high tower, a historic landmark on Seattle’s skyline that was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Space Needle

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GoCstudio designs low-lying winery to blend with Washington’s natural terrain

American firm goCstudio has created a small winery complex in rural Washington, with a subtle profile and earthy material palette that demonstrate the project’s “reverence for the landscape”. The COR Cellars winery is located on the outskirts of Lyle, in a region known for its rolling hills, windsurfing beaches and boutique wineries. Encompassing 23 acres (nine hectares), the complex

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Steel beams support dramatic roof overhangs at Washington state retreat by Coates Design

Seattle firm Coates Design has completed a home in Washington’s Cascade mountain range that serves as a hub for members of a large extended family. Tumble Creek Cabin is a vacation home designed to provide generous communal spaces for family gatherings, as well as more intimate spaces for members to be alone. “The retreat provides ample

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The Rock Creek House By NADAAA

Located in Washington, DC, The Rock Creek House is an adaptive re-use project of a 1920’s brick structure to expand its functions into the landscape.
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Old wooden barns inform Graham Baba’s office building for Washington fruit company

American firm Graham Baba Architects took cues from rural vernacular architecture while conceiving the headquarters for the Washington Fruit and Produce Company, situated in an area dotted with farms and warehouses. The office campus is located in the town of Yakima, in an agricultural region in central Washington known for its apples, hops and wine.

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Seattle waterfront home enjoys carefully chosen views through lush vegetation

Water views from this long narrow home in West Seattle by Suyama Peterson Deguchi are strategically framed using existing trees on site. Junsei House – which roughly translates from Japanese as “purity” – was built for clients seeking to simplify their lifestyle and live in a minimalist home. “Simple, efficient and quiet in design, the house

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Heliotrope creates cedar-clad urban home and studio in Seattle

Heliotrope, a firm based in the US Pacific Northwest, has completed a contemporary dwelling that features a double-height art studio, a Japanese garden and a wooden soaking tub. The home, called Artist in Residence, is located in Capitol Hill – a dense urban neighbourhood in Seattle. It was designed by Heliotrope, founded in 1999 by

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MW Works transforms century-old Washington barn into rural family retreat

Seattle-based MW Works has overhauled an early-20th-century barn to create a family holiday home that celebrates rustic materials and fittings. MW Works was tasked with completely modernising the old working barn, which is located in Washington state, and transforming it into a three-bedroom residence that it calls Canyon Barn. The architects sought to retain as much of the original structure as

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MW Works updates mid-century modern home in Seattle lakeside neighbourhood

American studio MW Works has knocked down walls and added glazing in a 1960s Seattle home, to create a more open layout and strengthen the connection between inside and out. The mid-century modern Laurelhurst Residence was originally designed in 1961 by the late Seattle architect Ibsen Nelsen. The multi-storey dwelling – made of wood, concrete, stone

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Weathering-steel volumes wrap courtyard at Washington holiday home

This vacation home in Washington state by Prentiss Balance Wickline encloses a courtyard within interlocking volumes clad in weathering steel. The Wolf Creek View Cabin is a 1,810-square-foot (168-square-metre) property located in a natural setting typical of the American state’s wilderness. “The cabin is sited within a lightly treed meadow, surrounded by foothills and mountains,”

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Waterfront home near Seattle is lifted on bridge-like structural supports

Design-and-construction firm First Lamp Architects has raised this family home near Seattle above a nearby body of water, drawing references from bridge structures (+ slideshow). The two-bedroom dwelling, dubbed Herron Island Cabin, is a compact structure designed to feel “physically disconnected from the site and metaphorically connected to the nature around the cabin”. The structure More

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Floating home in Seattle by Vandeventer + Carlander features water-level bedrooms

“Float-level” sleeping quarters in this single-family home moored to the shore of Seattle’s Lake Union allow residents to go swimming directly from their bedrooms (+ slideshow). The home was designed by local firm Vandeventer + Carlander Architects, who sought to “continue a long and distinguished history of floating homes in Seattle” with this project. At the More

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Five of the best houses in Washington state on Dezeen

Washington is up next up in our series looking at houses from different US states, with a concrete dwelling cut into a rocky outcrop (pictured) and a retreat nestled in a canyon among the best examples (+ slideshow). Pierre house by Olson Kundig Architects Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects used dynamite, chippers and saws to bore through the huge More

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SHED transforms Washington horse stable into art studio and living quarters

Sliding barn-style doors inside this pared-back studio space and guesthouse by Seattle-based Shed Architecture and Design hint at the building’s past life as a horse stable (+ slideshow). The project, referred to as the Stable Conversion, is located in Kirkland – a Seattle suburb laced with equestrian trails. When the client purchased the 1960s property, a More

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WA Sauna by goCstudio floats on Seattle’s Lake Union

Visitors can take a plunge into a cold lake after warming up in this floating wooden sauna by Seattle firm goCstudio – the latest example of the trend for buoyant architecture (+ slideshow). The structure is intended to be used all year round on Seattle’s lakes and can accommodate up to six people. It is called WA Sauna, a name More

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Seattle chapel by Hennerbery Eddy features chunky walls of stone and concrete

American firm Hennebery Eddy Architects used wood, concrete, glass and battered stone to create this chapel on a Jesuit college campus in Seattle (+ slideshow). Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel is located on the campus of a Jesuit college preparatory school in the Seattle neighbourhood of Capitol Hill. The small campus has slowly grown since it More

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BIG in the running to design American football stadium

The next big US project for Bjarke Ingels’ firm could be an American football stadium for the Washington Redskins. News reports surfaced this week that Danish firm BIG could be teaming up with the Redskins to design a new stadium in the Washington DC metro area. BIG has never designed a sports arena, although the firm is in More

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners unveils new design for International Spy Museum

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has released new images of its design for a six-storey building that will house the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. The contemporary building is slated to rise in L’Enfant Plaza – a large, historic plaza encircled by commercial buildings in the city’s Southwest quadrant. Renderings show an upside-down trapezoid sitting atop […]

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Olson Kundig’s Tacoma Art Museum wing has movable screens that “roll like railroad box cars”

Olson Kundig Architects has extended a Washington art museum, adding a facade of movable hand-wheel operated screens to protect the artworks from natural light (+ slideshow). Seattle-based Olson Kundig was hired to create a new wing for the Tacoma Art Museum to accommodate an extensive collection of Western American art, in addition to renovating existing spaces. The Tacoma […]

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Mecanoo scales back additions to Mies van der Rohe’s Washington DC library

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has revised its competition-winning design for the renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library in Washington DC. Working with local firm Martinez and Johnson, Mecanoo originally proposed a three-level addition to the library by the Modernist German-American architect. The DC Public Library (DCPL) board rejected that design […]

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Tom Kundig’s Studhorse is a rural retreat for both snowy winters and scorching summers

The mountain landscape of Washington’s Methow Valley is the setting for this family retreat, conceived by architect Tom Kundig as four structures arranged “like a little campground” around a big rock (+ slideshow). Kundig, one of the principals of Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects, wanted the house to embody the spirit of adventure created by its remote […]

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Nahahum Cabin is a canyon retreat built into the landscape

A canyon at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in rural Washington is the setting for this timber and concrete house designed by Seattle firm Balance Associates (+ slideshow). Nahahum Cabin is a two-storey holiday home for a family of four who own eight hectares of land just outside Cashmere. Balance Associates chose a site […]

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BIG presents $2 billion plans for Smithsonian campus overhaul

News: Bjarke Ingels’ firm has unveiled its plans for a “radical reinterpretation” of the Smithsonian Institution campus in Washington DC, creating new entrances and underground extensions (+ slideshow). In what has been described as the biggest project in the National Mall in over a century, BIG plans to restructure the home of the 168-year-old institution […]

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OMA and Olin win competition to design garden bridge for Washington DC

News: Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA has teamed up with American landscape architecture studio Olin to create the winning design for the 11th Street Bridge Park – a raised garden spanning Washington DC’s Anacostia River (+ slideshow). Netherlands-based OMA and Olin beat three other design teams to win a government-supported competition to design a bridge that […]

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