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This extraordinary Washington house has a seamless indoor-outdoor flow

modern house exterior at dusk

Located in Bellevue, Washington, this remarkable modern house designed by David Coleman Architecture, showcases a mesmerizing floating roof design reminiscent of origami, gracefully crowning the primary living area. This dwelling was devised to maximize its beautiful surroundings, creating a luminous pavilion amongst the towering fir trees.

Strategically positioned in close proximity to the region’s technological hub, this abode seamlessly melds modern connectivity with the tranquility of its pastoral backdrop, ensuring optimal comfort even through the lengthy, damp winters that Seattle is renowned for.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE David Coleman Architecture BUILDER SBI Construction LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Alchemie INTERIOR DESIGN Stretch Design

modern house car court

The homeowners’ yearning for a dwelling suffused with light and intimately connected to the natural environment was brilliantly fulfilled. In pursuit of this vision, the architects created an “L” shaped floor plan, situating the structure further within the grounds to create an expansive outdoor living area.

modern house car court

Amidst the property, a stand of mature native cedar trees stands tall, a testament to the cherished natural heritage that has been carefully preserved. Upon entering through the gate, one climbs up through the trees and into the Auto-court—the beginning of many “outdoor rooms.” These distinct spaces, outlined by vine-draped concrete walls, unfold gradually.

modern house entry stair

Progressing up a wide staircase, visitors reach the Meadow-court, adorned with swaying field grasses and hosting a tranquil seating nook. A gentle water flow between the staircase and the house infuses the path with a calming ambiance and masks the nearby road’s noise. The trilogy culminates in the Terrace-court, seamlessly linked to the living area, dedicated to seasonal open-air dining and the cozy camaraderie of evening campfires.

modern house entry stair detail

What We Love: This incredible Washington house provides its inhabitants with a tranquil living experience with its indoor-outdoor connectivity. From the beautiful landscaping to the tranquility of the water feature that welcomes you on approach into this dwelling and the attractive origami-like roof, there are so many wonderful details in this home. We are especially loving the main bedroom with its expansive wall of glazing that opens to a private patio.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this Washington house? Would you change any of the details if this were your personal residence? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Washington: Compact cabin perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Washington Coast and Secluded family retreat designed for entertaining on Whidbey Island.

modern house entry walkway

The interior spaces are divided into public and private wings. The roof above the public area, upheld by four concrete columns, boasts a simple pavilion design. Crafted from a single folded sheet, its origami-inspired arrangement both elevates its appearance and directs focus outward to the landscape, enabling abundant daylight penetration.

modern house exterior

The synergy between indoor and outdoor is evident, visually seamless, with functional delineation achieved by glass walls.

modern house entry

The material palette is intentionally minimal, designed to reduce visual noise and strengthen the calming quality of the site. Sapeli windows and doors from sustainable sources frame the views, while porcelain tile floors and concrete terraces foster indoor-outdoor flow.

modern house entry walk from sitting area

Brightness is upheld by white plaster walls and ceilings, complemented by contrasting blackened steel hardware. Sustainability is addressed through geothermal heat, robust insulation, passive solar design with thermal mass, and expansive overhangs for shading.

Living Room / Sitting Area / Kitchen

Living Room / Sitting Area / Kitchen

Living Room / Sitting Area / Kitchen

Living Room / Sitting Area / Kitchen

Living Room / Sitting Area / Kitchen

Living Room / Sitting Area / Kitchen

modern kitchen

Above: In the kitchen, the countertops are 3141 Eggshell: White Quartz by Caesarstone.

modern kitchen

modern kitchen and dining room

modern living room

Water Feature and Patio

terrace court

terrace court

ladder to loft

stair detail

Stair to Living Room

Master Bedroom

The family bedrooms and baths reside in the private wing, characterized by a low-slung roof and dark-toned finishes, imparting a distinct and cozy aesthetic. A children’s play loft finds its place beneath the intersection of the great room roof. A private terrace is situated just off the owner’s bedroom.

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Master Bath

Media Room

modern house meadow court

modern house meadow court

modern house meadow court

modern house exterior with landscaping

modern house exterior with landscaping

modern bedroom patio at dusk

modern house exterior at dusk

modern house backyard patio with a fire pit

PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Warchol

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