bohlin cywinski jackson, seattle

The renovation of this vintage mid-century home bears Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's hallmark moves: the choreographed passages, the connection to the land, and the sense both of exuberance and calm. The architects edited more than they added. A new entry—defined by a spine of ipe decking and playful circular skylights—ends in a living room pavilion and a pivoting door to the woodland garden beyond. “We think of our buildings a bit like designing a dance,” says Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA. “You come in under those skylights and end in the heart of the building. As you approach the house, you don't know the garden is there.” Taller ceilings and a new fireplace make the space soar, and glass walls put the outdoors on constant display. The driveway approach was strengthened, too, with bright red elongated boxes (storage units) that mark the music studio/garage and house. Between the two, a linear concrete wall forms an entry court and screens the bedrooms from view.

“We like to do houses because they have a nice scale,” Bohlin says. “We like them to have a kind of ease and calm. It's critical to get those things right.” The judges agreed they'd gotten it right. “It's an excellent change,” said one. “They've stripped it down, grouped things in boxes, and really opened it up.”

principal in charge: Robert E. Miller, AIA, LEED AP, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
design principal: Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
project architect: Steve Mongillo, AIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
project designer: Amy Williams, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
general contractor: Michael Bellan, Bellan Construction, Seattle
landscape architect: Randy Allworth, ASLA, Allworth Nussbaum, Seattle
project size: 5,500 square feet
site size: 3.5 acres
construction cost: Withheld
photography: Nic Lehoux.

product specs
bathroom fittings: American Standard, Cifial UK; bathroom fixtures: American Standard, Americh Corp. (Zuma Collection), Kohler Co., Whitehaus; cooktop: Wolf Appliance; dishwasher: Bosch USA; doors, windows: Two Rivers Window Co.; exterior siding: T&G Woodware; garbage disposer: In-Sink-Erator; hardware: Häfele America Co., Omnia Industries, Sugatsune America; kitchen fittings: KWC America; lighting fixtures: B-K Lighting, Eureka, Juno Lighting; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; refrigerator: GE Consumer & Industrial; skylights/roof windows: CrystaLite