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Carillon Woods House, Washington, United States by ALCOVA architecture

Project name:
Carillon Woods
Architecture firm:
ALCOVA architecture
Washington, United States
Pietro Potestà
Principal architect:
Pietro Potestà
Design team:
Pietro Potestà
Wendy Morrison
Interior design:
Pietro Potestà
Built area:
3723 ft²
Site area:
17612 ft²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
ALCOVA architecture
Structural engineer:
Swenson Say Faget
Environmental & MEP:
ALCOVA architecture
Andre Kieko
Pietro Potestà
Travis Gaylord - ALCHEMY Building Company
ALCOVA architecture
Tools used:
AutoCAD, SketchUp, Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop
ALCHEMY Building Company
Exteriors - Aluminum Composite Panels (Dibond); Painted Hardie Boards; High density timber face panels (Parklex); Powder coat steel
Adam Benzion
Residential › House

ALCOVA architecture: The lot for this new development presented us with a couple of interesting characteristics that helped shape the house plan. The elongated property, organized along the natural slope and abutting a heavily wooded area, provides broad views of Lake Washington, unobstructed by other houses.

The choice of a reversed floor plan allowed great openness toward the views and privacy for the night areas of the residence, but left the interface with the public spaces lacking of structure. The design of the house hinges on this one accessory body, protruded toward the street and open to the views, capable of creating a direct connection between the main access and the day areas of the house. The primary steel stairway exists in a self-contained space, welcoming visitors and showcasing the great location, bringing naturally into the open space living areas.

In the same entry space, there is a concealed door for direct access to the night zone of the house. The upper floor is completely open to a broad view deck, while the connection to the backyard is provided by another set of stairs that assures a more private link between the night and day areas of the house. The sweet note of the project is the synchrony and connection we were able to build with the owners, without which visions don’t come to be reality.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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