MERCER ISLAND RESIDENCE
Mercer Island, WA
Carefully sited into a steep forested slope above the west shore of Mercer Island, this home is organized to impart an experience of both horizontal and vertical movement through the property. Its simple forms, varied levels and use of materials fitting to its northwest setting present a home integrated into its environment. Views of the Seattle skyline and Lake Washington are carefully framed within the surrounding forest canopy.
Different experiences are created at transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces as access to the hillside is available. The entry approach descends alongside a small stream bed water feature utilizing hillside runoff as its intermittent water source. It also serves to focus the approach on the entry porch while allowing efficient access beyond to the garage. The entry interior, with craftsman style detailing in the stairway and casework, looks across the descending spaces of the living room. The adjacent kitchen and breakfast areas open to a private south facing shaded patio, while the dining and living room connect to a large west facing outdoor gathering area.