Portage Bay House / Heliotrope Architects

Portage Bay House / Heliotrope Architects

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  • Contractor:ESMB, Inc.
  • Landscape:Jonathan Morley of the Berger Partnership
  • Architectural Metals:Company K + Decorative Metal Arts
  • Furnishings:Inform Interiors
  • Photographer:Aaron Leitz
  • City:Seattle
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Text description provided by the architects. Tucked into a small city lot along the water’s edge, the house was designed to live like a studio loft for a bachelor who values privacy, a central location to reside in the city, and a convenient spot to park the floatplane. Hidden from the street, the building is a protective shell of zinc and aluminum – a refined version of the maritime industrial sheds found throughout the waterfronts of Seattle.

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Water-side, the house becomes more transparent, with prospect-views over the houseboats of Portage Bay, the University of Washington, and the Cascade Mountains. Living, cooking, and sleeping all occur in one volume distributed over two-floor levels, sized and shaped to envelop the occupant in a protective refuge.

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The kitchen is small and streamlined with equipment paired down to the essentials. Bathing happens in a below-grade spa or a master bath with a Japanese style hinoki tub overlooking the lake.

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Floor plan
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An interior palette of cedar, walnut, flagstone, blackened steel, and marble stands in contrast to the machine-like character of the exterior. Site constraints, and the modest needs of a bachelor, generated a one-bedroom residence smaller in size and lower in height than the house it replaced.

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Cite: "Portage Bay House / Heliotrope Architects" 16 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/938106/portage-bay-house-heliotrope-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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