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Contemporary floating home on Lake Union

This incredible floating home is located on Lake Union, right in the heart of Seattle, Washington. Designed by architecture firm Vandeventer + Carlander Architects, this sleek and contemporary residence offers fabulous panoramic views that take full advantage of its location. The clients requested a home that would provide the spaces required for comfortable living and gracious entertaining. The final design strives to meet these performance needs in a 2,824 square foot house that transforms what could be a banal box into one with architectural integrity.

Due to the limited space, and the owner’s desire to maximize both interior living and outdoor entertaining spaces, the plan flips the typical residential model by locating public spaces on the upper level and private spaces on the entry level. This strategy allows for the consolidation of entertaining spaces in one large space on the upper level with direct access by circular stair to a rooftop deck. The design promotes flexibility of use and affords maximum exposure to views and light for the living areas.

Interior materials were carefully chosen to complement the owner’s furnishings and color palate. In response to environmental concerns, the location and treatment of glazing promote passive heating and cooling while providing abundant natural light. Sun screens and overhangs provide effective summer shading. Efficient hydronic in-floor heating utilizes an energy efficient heat pump system and the fresh air ventilation system utilizes an energy saving heat exchanger. Via

Floating homes are very popular in Seattle, the most popular floating home was the one used in the hit movie,”Sleepless in Seattle”, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. This home has recently been sold for $2,885,000.

Visit the website of Vandeventer + Carlander Architects here.

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Photos: Ben Benschneider

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