|Laurelhurst Phase II
A steep slope dropping
nearly sixty feet to the water’s edge separates the main
residence from the seemingly distant shores of Lake Washington. The
owners, while placing great importance on an earlier phase
that consisted of the accurate restoration of their brick Tudor, also
recognized a need to bridge the gap between the upper and lower portions
of this steep site and create strong physical and functional links. With
a new family and an active lifestyle, a lakeside cabana and expansive
lawn provide this connection.
In contrast with the first phase, the design of the lower portion of the site
is a much more organic response to the interaction between the hillside and the
water’s edge. A stone bench marks the center axis of the narrow site. Smooth
igneous boulders flank a fire circle and anchor the site while creating a calming
eddy for respite and relaxation.