Aurea Residence / Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture

© Dale Tu

Architects: Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture
Location: , WA, USA
General Contractor: Delen Construction Services Inc
Artwork: Cassandria Blackmore
Engineering: LFD Structural Engineering
Area: 3,300 sq ft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dale Tu

© Dale Tu

The Aurea Residence is located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. Designed for a young family on a 5000 sqft infill lot, the home is oriented to maintain privacy, maximize views and daylighting. The massing consists of four forms that surround a Japanese rock garden, which creates a private center courtyard and floods the home with southern light.

© Dale Tu

A Bernice Abbott inspired black and white translucent photograph provides recognition and definition to the front entry door while providing privacy. The lower level consists of a master suite with separate bathroom volume and recessed tub, a mother in law unit and a two car garage. The second floor features two bedrooms, and the great room with an open roof deck and green roof off of the living room.

© Dale Tu

The third floor has a second mater suite, a kids play room, and a covered roof deck with views over Puget Sound.

First Floor Plan
Cite: "Aurea Residence / Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture" 10 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Victor Michael

    Worth noting pardo ain’t an architect, and his projects are poor rehashes of old work. We can do better than this, Pacific Northwest.

    • Pierre

      As if to say that only Archtiects know Architecture!?

  • Scott

    Must be a bugger trying to watch TV without a shed load of blinds to block out the sun.

  • Kelly

    this is a single residence ? or or a multifamily project…

  • Victor Michael

    Also, I would be intrigued to see how one puts a 35,500 square foot (3300 square meter) house on a lot that really only allows approx. 5,250 sf (488m^2)