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Seattle | Art house
Architect Tim Carlander talks us through
this project and what’s next for his studio.
Were there any aspects of the site that
were challenging to design around?
Yes, there was an existing older home on
the site and that set the ‘ datu m’ fo r determining
the building height. There was also a su nken
lower garage that we needed to design aro un d,
and an upper garage an d street access that we
were required to keep. Additio na lly, the slope
was great an d there n eeded to be extra care
taken with any site wo rk.
Was it a smooth building process?
No, it was ver y difficult. We were o rigin ally due
to start co nstruction three years earlier than we
did. We were within fo ur days of demo lishing
the old house an d star ting con stru ction when
the clien ts can celled the project – they had been
affected when the tech bubble bu rst. Three years
later, they came back an d we had to redesign
the house – it was originally 1000sqft larger.
Did the climate have an impact on the design?
We always consider orientation to sun and
wind pattern s in ou r wo rk . Thus the south-facing
glass required a sun screen for summer sun,
and there are multiple operable windo ws
to create n atu ral cross-ven tilatio n.
Are there any particular materials you’re
finding exciting to work with?
We are doing a concrete house at the moment,
and that is very interesting because I haven’t
had the chance to use con crete exte nsively.
I’m also in vestigating the use of photovoltaic
cells as a screen in a new ho me project.
Vandeventer+Carlander Architects vc-arch.com .
06 A kitchen island with seating for six provides a less formal dining space in the kitchen. The pale solid-surface countertops and the
milestone cement flooring contrast with the rich timber cabinetry.
07 The home was designed around the garden areas and foundations of the existing house.
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