Lobster Boat Residence / Chadbourne + Doss Architects

Portage Bay House

Architect: Chadbourne + Doss Architects
Location: Portage Bay, Seattle, Washington,
Constructed Area: 221 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

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This house is part of a large waterfront property that has been incorporated into a condominium development that includes 4 detached residences and 2 houseboats. Residents share waterfront access, parking, utilities, and a shared vegetable garden. While sharing costs, amenities, and responsibilities; a stronger sense of community is established.

Portage Bay House

Portage Bay House

The Lobster Boat is a metaphor for a house that is economical, purposeful, and durable. Located on a dense urban shoreline site, this residence strives to celebrate its location while providing privacy to its family. A remodel built on an existing 24′ x 28′ floor and basement foundation infrastructure, the constraints of site and footprint result in an efficient vertical house that reaches the maximum allowable zoning envelope to provide a variety of interior and exterior spaces. Economy is embodied in every aspect of this project including the sharing of site resources; reuse of existing structure & utilities; efficient spatial organization; and the selection of materials and systems based on low monetary, environmental, and life-cycle costs.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Toto , Duravit

  • Aquia II toilets by Toto
  • Sinks by Duravit

Facades: Western Red Cedar, Lumasite, CBF

  • Natural, powder-coated steel by Western Red Cedar
  • Interior Translucent Pantry Cladding: Frost by Lumasite
  • Cembonit cladding sheets by CBF

Floor: Milestone, Osmo, Ipe

  • Hybridized acrylic cement by Milestone
  • Solid Walnut with Polyx Oil by Osmo
  • Decking by Ipe

Joinery: Hager , Eagle

  • Interior Sliding Doors: #9105 top mount hangers by Hager
  • Aluminum clad by Eagle
  • Interior Sliding Doors: #9101 aluminum I-beam track by Hager

Kitchen Equipment: DCS, Fisher & Paykel

  • Downdraft Vent: #DD30 by DCS
  • Oven: #OS302 by Fisher & Paykel
  • Cooktop #CTD-304 by DCS

Walls: Milestone

  • Hybridized acrylic cement in Baths by Milestone
Cite: "Lobster Boat Residence / Chadbourne + Doss Architects" 12 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=28429>
  • Dustin

    why do people tend to face seating furniture in the opposite direction of the pretty view?

    • http://www.simplyeleganthomedesigns.com ron brenner

      Or why such a small window in the direction of the pretty view?

      • http://www.massivedynamic.com William Bell

        It’s not a contemplation place. It’s a house. Where you live. Not where you go there to meditate.

  • http://www.structurehub.com/blog StructureHub Blog

    Valid criticisms re: the little windows. But I must say that as a modest project, it should weather alright. I just wish the exterior profile favored one direction (or another), and seem less arbitrary. Orienting a home so that it favors a particular aspect is a natural thing to do for water-side homes, anyway.

  • http://www.talkitect.com Lucas Gray

    This looks like a comfortable house to live in. It is bright, open, and has spaces with a variety of scales. I like the exterior also, except I am not sure how the wood facade will weather in the Pacific North West.

  • Malgorzata Boguslaw

    Beautiful, lovely house outside, intelligent plan, too poor furniture.Grats for architects.

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  • http://ecohabitar.arq.br Gonçalo Soares

    Rock Lobster! Lobster rocks!

  • Spacer Nix

    This is great architecture. Reasoned, thoughtful and deft. I appreciate the combination of regional design with universal values of light and volume. Nice job.