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Lake Union Floating Home / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects

  • 01:00 - 8 May, 2010
Lake Union Floating Home / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects
Lake Union Floating Home / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects, © Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

© Ben Benschneider © Ben Benschneider © Ben Benschneider © Ben Benschneider +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, WA, United States
  • Architects

    Vandeventer + Carlander Architects
  • Structural Engineer

    Swenson Say Faget
  • Marine Engineer

    Headway Marine
  • Residence Contractor

    dBoone Construction
  • Float Contractor

    Trend Construction
  • Area

    2824.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. Continuing a long and distinguished history of floating homes in Seattle, this new floating home is located on Lake Union, in the heart of the city. Offering panoramic views south of downtown Seattle, Queen Anne Hill to the west, and Gas Works Park northward, this home takes full advantage of its location. The clients requested a contemporary home which would provide the spaces required for comfortable living and gracious entertaining. The final design strives to meet these performance needs in a house that transforms what could be a banal "box" into one with architectural integrity.

© Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

Given a limited allowable footprint and the desire of the owner to maximize both interior living and outdoor entertaining spaces, the plan flips the typical residential model by locating public spaces on the upper level and private spaces on the entry level. This strategy allows for the consolidation of entertaining spaces in one large space on the upper level with direct access by circular stair to a rooftop deck. The design promotes flexibility of use and affords maximum exposure to views and light for the living areas.

© Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

The massing of the house is an exercise in carving; the challenge was to meet the clients' needs for space yet develop an envelope that is visually interesting and coherent. Various decks are recessed into the volume and changes in materials and surfaces provide accents that speak to differentiated interior uses. A translucent stair tower "knits" the two floors together and becomes a central visual element. Large sliding doors on the upper level open the interior to the exterior thereby enhancing the connection of living spaces to the surrounding lake. In bedrooms, the placement of glazed doors and windows was carefully considered to maximize views, to accentuate visual connections to the neighboring floating home community, and to provide natural light.

© Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

Exterior materials were chosen for their aesthetic qualities and low maintenance. Aluminum panels cladding the entry level bathrooms complement the storefront windows on that floor. The upper level features rain screen cladding with fiber cement panels. These integrally colored panels complement the lighter toned Alaskan yellow cedar framed windows. The exterior composition is a direct reflection of internal uses.

© Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

Interior materials were carefully chosen to complement the owners' furnishings and color palate. The selection of woods such as mahogany for entry level casework and zebrawood on upper level cabinets build on the clientsí rich and eclectic furniture collection. Light hued bamboo flooring and Alaskan yellow panels at walls and ceilings recede into the background allowing the stronger furnishing elements to come forward.

© Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

In response to environmental concerns, the location and treatment of glazing promote passive heating and cooling while providing abundant natural light. Sun screens and overhangs provide effective summer shading. Efficient hydronic in-floor heating utilizes an energy efficient heat pump system and the fresh air ventilation system utilizes an energy saving heat exchanger.

© Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider
Cite: "Lake Union Floating Home / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects" 08 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/58850/lake-union-floating-home-vandeventer-carlander-architects/>
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29 Comments

Jay Leathers · November 12, 2011

Rainscreen Floating Home #fibercement http://t.co/lMwNxwKp

Fatima Rahmatullah · October 05, 2011

Love this house! Lake Union Floating Home http://t.co/DAMT8Cu8

the editors · October 04, 2011

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west elm · October 04, 2011

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Jay Leathers · September 27, 2011

Still one of the best looking #fibercement projects, SlateScape Xtreme: http://t.co/lMwNxwKp

Bas van Schelven · April 07, 2011

RT @waterloft: een bijzonder strakke #design #woonboot uit de VS: http://bit.ly/gfHSNX is er voor dit type #waterwoning ook markt in N ...

Bas van Schelven · April 07, 2011

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Vanessa · September 24, 2010

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archicad_boston · September 24, 2010

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Gauhar Kachchhi · September 24, 2010

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ArchiCAD · September 24, 2010

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Mark Bailey · June 17, 2010

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Putri Adiaty S.W · June 07, 2010

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Luiz Dumont · May 19, 2010

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GRP Ltd · May 17, 2010

Contemporary Floating Home in Seattle http://grp.im/6D

GRock · May 17, 2010

This house is incorrectly tagged below the title as being in "Washington DC" when it's in Seattle.

Architects Twibe · May 14, 2010

RT @Urbanverse: Wld live here in a blink. RT @bluevertical: Lake Union Floating Home by V+C Architects http://bit.ly/aXe4hT #architecture

Cindy FrewenWuellner · May 14, 2010

Wld live here in a blink. RT @bluevertical: Lake Union Floating Home by V+C Architects http://bit.ly/aXe4hT #architecture

bluevertical · May 14, 2010

Lake Union Floating Home by V+C Architects http://bit.ly/aXe4hT #boathouse *wow. i used to sail past this when living in seattle. cool!

Bram Dekkers · May 11, 2010

Ik heb m&#39n droomhuis gevonden :O KIJK; http://tinyurl.com/DRHUIS Alleen de indeling is best stom :") MAAR HIJ&#39S GENIAAL !!

o0 · May 11, 2010

Lake Union Floating Home [Pictures] - http://ht.ly/1Jpr3 #design #architecture

Bob · May 11, 2010

There's a basement?

Question: Do these floating homes ever move? Just curious.

Would love to live in one, once the kids get old enough.

David Schafer · May 11, 2010

“Lake Union Floating Home” http://bit.ly/8Z5Ld9 This looks like a nice place to live. #architecture

Sugumar · May 09, 2010

Amazing! Would love to live in this marvel

Fannina · May 08, 2010

Beautiful- almost like a Domino on water.. But there is an increadible amount of space allocated to storage/household- is it so necessary?

Greg · May 10, 2010 12:19 AM

I have a boat that is moored 3 blocks north of the houseboat and have to say on a lake that is known for it's numerous variations of floating homes it truly is a work of art. I can't think of anything they could have done to improve on a spectacular home in a very spectacular setting. Each time I drive by it on the water I marvel at what a fantastic solution the architects have created. My compliments to a job very well done. I'm very jealous!

Mike · May 08, 2010

I could very well live there..even when built on land.
Nice work!

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