ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

h

Nominate now the Building of the Year 2017 »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. United States
  5. Workshop Architecture|Design
  6. 2010
  7. Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design

  • 01:00 - 21 July, 2010
Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design
Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design, Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design
Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, WA, United States
  • Architects

    Workshop Architecture|Design
  • Principal In Charge

    Steve Bull, AIA, LEED
  • Project Team

    Dan Rusler, James Steel
  • Interior Design

    LairDesign
  • Structural Engineering

    HSV Engineers
  • General Contractor

    Lair LLC
  • Area

    3750.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

From the architect. Site

A 40’ X 100’ inner-city lot that slopes eight feet from west to east. The property has views of downtown Seattle across a park that lies both to the east and north. To allow each dwelling to inhabit a specific portion of the site, the sloping topography was reshaped into two distinct levels.

site & lower level plans
site & lower level plans

Design

The design was informed by four primary considerations:

Economy of space within strict land use limitations

Variations in individual dwelling program and configuration

Direct access to landscape and exterior space

Exploration of the exterior cladding screen

Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design
Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

Design & Performance

Organization

Within a primary box-like form the design team responded to budget and strict land use limitations on building height and lot coverage to configure three separate dwellings that each provides direct and visual access to landscape and exterior space. The organization of the dwellings are free to rotate or flip as each flat responds directly to different program requirements and varying visual and physical landscape connections available at each level of the structure.

structure axo
structure axo

Structure

Instead of constructing apartment flats based on an organizational typology reliant on a series of stacked bearing walls, an internal structural steel frame is used to provide interior bearing. The frame is secondary to the spatial organization and connections of each dwelling and is therefore concealed within the non-load bearing walls.

unit configuration & landscape connections
unit configuration & landscape connections

Aperture

Through operations of subtraction, larger scale spatial relationships are made between interior and exterior spaces. These operations create both apertures, openings that provide daylight and visual connections between inside and out, and porches, or habitable covered exterior space. Derived through both activity and environmental criteria, these apertures and porches are used to control sunlight and rain while filling the spaces with daylight. 

Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design
Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

A broad horizontal array of windows connects the upper dwelling's main living space to the sky and distant view. A private interior light-well brings daylight and a private landscape into the master bathroom. Entry porches, similar to the historical fabric of neighborhood, both buffer and connect the adjacent park to the open living spaces.

Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design
Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

Cladding

A horizontal 1x4 exterior cladding rain-screen wraps the projects. Variations of the screen are used to preserve the initial figure and simplicity of the rectangular box.

Cite: "Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design" 21 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/69500/colman-triplex-workshop-architecturedesign/>
Read comments

26 Comments

Murad Rustamov · July 02, 2012

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design | ArchDaily http://t.co/syK6Bpz3 via @archdaily

James Harrison · September 01, 2010

Sure, it may work as a machine for living, but it doesn't inspire Life Also, the mutoid (in my humble opinion)who has most flagrantly nailed on the cladding should have their tools removed from them and try something else. (like glasses)

Darwin Chiong · August 12, 2010

I love this house! http://www.archdaily.com/69500... Would you live here? @dadomz @quains @phumba

o0 · July 26, 2010

Architecture: Colman Triplex by Workshop Architecture|Design [Pictures] - http://bit.ly/d9kvOP (via @archdaily) #design #architecture

Home Decor News · July 23, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design http://bit.ly/a3AMHd #architecture

Ozmoto · July 22, 2010

I like it... but there is a psychological problem for me have the corporate/industrial look at home. When you're standing in the kitchen with your underwear on, one might flash back to being in the conference room at the office. Weird... you know?

James Harrison · September 01, 2010 11:04 PM

very.

Anson · July 22, 2010
Anson · July 22, 2010

Did anyone else see this weeks episode of Top Gear? This house looks like Jeremy's attempt at building an "architecturally designed" motor home.

Arquipablo · July 22, 2010

Simply...nice spaces, good details...love it

Ricky · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design | ArchDaily the best ... http://bit.ly/cGCfwo

Richard Alexander · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design | ArchDaily the best ...: Architects: Workshop Architecture|Design L... http://bit.ly/cQ2Y9m

tom serona · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design | ArchDaily the best ...: Architects: Workshop Architecture|Design L... http://bit.ly/cQ2Y9m

jennifer koskinen · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design http://archdai.ly/99F8TB #architecture via @archdaily

thomas foral · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design | ArchDaily the best of Architecture http://bit.ly/9iVZku

Solis Web Graphics · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design | ArchDaily the best ... http://bit.ly/cQ2Y9m

Scott @ Cube Studio · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design | ArchDaily the best ...: Architects: Workshop Ar... http://bit.ly/cQ2Y9m www.cubestudio.info

Albert · July 22, 2010

It's interestingly simplistic. But somehow I feel that "less is BORE" in this cute project. Maybe I am wrong?

Rosalind Derby · October 22, 2010 09:44 AM

This looks like a CAD drawing on the Holste Architecture website: I think Holste architecture have the best site in the world

?? · July 25, 2010 06:46 AM

?????????????????????????????????????????????????

Dan · July 22, 2010 05:10 PM

Just remember your reaction is subjective. I would presume the owner loves it. I like it. To each his own. Its confusing to use phrases like "the design is boring" or the "design looks bad", unless we realize that objects don't posses interest or beauty - those are reactions in the brains of the observers.

R Goldschmidt · July 22, 2010 01:22 PM

No, I think that you are right, Less it is boring. It is an inexpresive with box. And anyway, I don't like the bauhouse design. I don't like to live in industial and inexpresive home, with cold material and brutal lines. Maybe, it is a maybe, a litle color from the De Stijl stile like Gerrit Rietveld's Schroder House.

jennifer koskinen · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design http://archdai.ly/99F8TB #architecture via @archdaily

Architecture+Molding · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design: Architects: Workshop Architecture|Design Location: Seattle, WA, USA... http://bit.ly/aWRWL6

Dave L. Gagnon · July 22, 2010

Quand est-ce que vous êtes libres pour qu&#39on pende la crémaillère!? Colman Triplex http://bit.ly/9iVZku (I wish!)

ArchitecturePassion · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design: © Workshop Architecture|DesignArchitects: Workshop Architecture|.. http://tinyurl.com/2v22o5g

GauharJK · July 22, 2010

RT @archdaily: Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design http://archdai.ly/99F8TB #architecture

Leila Tomaselli · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design via ArchDaily - © Workshop ... http://tinyurl.com/2es66ag

Architekt R V Scholz · July 22, 2010

#architekt Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design: Architects: Workshop Architecture|De... http://bit.ly/cQ2Y9m #in http://dy.cx/c03

rental_watanabe 2.0 · July 22, 2010

?archi info? Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design http://dlvr.it/2thQ5 #Houses (archdaily) #rental_archiinfo

spencer chan · July 22, 2010

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design: © Workshop Architecture|DesignArchitects: Workshop Architecture|Des... http://bit.ly/bwLEqh

···

Comments are closed

Read comments
Courtesy of Workshop Architecture|Design

Colman三重宅 / Workshop Architecture|Design