Art Collectors Retreat / Rerucha Studio

© Lara Swimmer

Art Collectors Retreat / Rerucha Studio - More Images+ 12

  • Architects: Rerucha Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  3form, Decker Design Inc, Environmental Home Center, Quantum Windows & Doors, Quarry SE, Urban Hardwoods
© Alex Hayden

Text description provided by the architects. Every site, every house has its strengths and weaknesses. The architect’s purpose is to see the essence of the home through the distraction of its present state. To help the home reveal its authentic self.  In this home, the strength emanated from its original architect, Paul Kirk. Kirk was a founder of NW design: simple forms and details, regionally appropriate materials and a wash of Japanese serenity. Much of this composure was lost in ensuing decades of trendy remodels.  There was a period weakness in the original design’s front elevation; the house sat as a blank wall on the street, without windows or architectural features and an entry through the carport.

© Alex Hayden

The design team chose to enter the mindset of Paul Kirk, honoring him and the art collectors who owned the potential of this home. The solution for the walled street-side and carport was to relocate the front door and accentuate the strong horizontal in new entry windows and glass garage doors. An entry sequence for the home was then created by elevating and stepping the landscape and dramatizing the hand-crafted steel door.

© Alex Hayden
Floor plan
© Lara Swimmer

The strength of the home was its east wall of glass, but this dramatic feature emptied onto a paver patio and the windows had become secondary to added interior walls. Those walls were knocked down and the house gutted to bring in the flow of natural light. The serenity of the interiors was reflected by adding Japanese gardens with their timeless elements of pine, stone and moss; inviting the same contemplation as the art within.  The inside/outside connection was strengthened, making the house expansive even with its small footprint. Every element; the materials, the sculpted landscape, the light, became part of the architectural composition, supporting and becoming, art.
The effect is composed.  The demanding eye of a collector is met by the orchestration of design.

© Alex Hayden

Situated in the Enatai neighborhood in Bellevue, Washington, this small home was built in 1958 by Paul Kirk. The renovation, interior design and landscape architecture was done by ReruchaStudio, with construction by David Shutz of DPSCO. Images by Lara Swimmer and Alex Hayden.

© Alex Hayden

Project gallery

See allShow less
About this office
Cite: "Art Collectors Retreat / Rerucha Studio" 21 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

© Alex Hayden

艺术品收藏者之家 / Rerucha Studio

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.