This stunning open glass pavilion house is nestled on the shore of Lake Washington in Bellevue, designed by Olson Kundig Architects along with interior designer Garret Cord Werner, lighting designer Brian Hood and landscape architect Charles Anderson. This 6,800 square foot home was designed for entertaining and displaying the clients extensive northwest art collection. The home merges the exterior and interior spaces to provide a seamless environment with the northwest landscape. Running down the length of the great room, is a dramatic center pavilion of 3,060 square feet, the focus of the architecture by Jim Olson that displays a grand thirty-five foot long dining table that floats on two pedestals, comprised of mahogany and nickel and ready to seat up to 40 for dinner. Underneath lowered ceilings on either end are two living-room areas: one as light as outdoors itself, surrounded by glass, next to a reflecting pool; the other darker, intimate, a fireplace, concrete walls, a bar. Outside spaces mimic the interior in function: living area with fireplace, kitchen, dining area, expansive lawn, long terrace.
The entire house has been designed for art and to display it, as well as to help the groups that support it: “We got involved with the arts organizations and McCaw Hall and the expansion of the Seattle Art Museum and PNB. And we lend our property for things like this,” states the homeowner.
The dramatic center pavilion is the focus of the architecture displaying a grand thirty-five foot long dining table that floats on two pedestals. The table was engineered and constructed out of reclaimed mahogany wood and nickel plated steel sections and may be disassembled to provide a flexible party space.
Natural materials were purposely left slightly raw – translating to an elegant but not overly refined space.
Custom made furnishing by Seattle interior designer, Garret Cord Werner.
Center console before the media room. Projector comes up from table to project across into media room.
Custom lighting and countertop by Seattle interior designer, architect, Garret Cord Werner.
Master bath featuring custom made traditonal Japanese sunken bath.
Japanese sunken bath in master bath.
Custom built vanity and mirror by Seattle interior designer, architect, Garret Cord Werner.
Photos: Benjamin Benschneider
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