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Two-story lakefront property in Seattle: Engawa House

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Engawa House is a two story lakefront property that has been designed by Seattle-based studio Sullivan Conard Architects, situated in Seattle, Washington. Here is a description of the project from the architects: “The home can best be understood in its multiple contexts:  lakefront site, Pacific Rim city, timber-industry clients open to materials that speak simply but poetically of shelter and home. At its heart is the “light core,” a vessel-like structure rising to a clerestory, illuminating the house and organizing its circulation patterns.”

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Timber-framed in hemlock—a reference to the owners’ long involvement with Northwest woods—the light core acknowledges its source in Japanese architecture, also expressed in the structure’s horizontal banks of windows, screening devices of glass and lattice, and the engawa itself, a south-facing veranda edge between interior and garden.

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Engawa House’s spare detailing allows materials to speak of themselves, of the art of construction, and of a creative process marked by owner, architect, and craftsmen finding stillness amid the complex demands of house design and construction.

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Photos: Benjamin Benschneider

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    A quibble here: the third photo does not belong to this project. It is the Hedreen Residence by Stephen Sullivan in his solo practice. Sullivan was the Design Architect on this one (the Engawa house) at Sullivan Conard when Conard was still alive & they shared an office. Conard died a couple of years ago & the firm is now Conard Romano (Jim Romano who is now principal there was Project Architect on the Engawa house). Whew! Confusing, I know, but all you really need to know is that third photo of the gravel path leading up to a cut stone-columned pergola is from another house. ;-)