Lakeside West

Lakeside West

Location
Seattle, WA, USA | View Map
Category
Apartments
Rafael Soldi

Lakeside West

Wittman Estes as Landscape Architects

Lakeside West is a re-imagined urban condominium that transforms an outdated mid-century dwelling into a highly organized and functional dwelling for a single man.  The client, Andrew Sirotnik, was trained and practiced as an architect before starting the tech company Fluid Digital that focused on digital interface and experience design. Sirotnik approached Wittman Estes, a Seattle architect known for integration of architecture and landscape and their careful re-imagining of classic mid-century buildings such as the Civic Hotel, and residences by notable mid-century architects including Wendell Lovett and Ibsen Nelson.   

photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi

Originally designed by Space Needle architect John Graham, Lakeside West was built in 1961 for the executive staff of the Century 21 World’s Fair. Considered a visionary design at the time, the reinforced concrete frame of the building and sleek international style forms represented the optimism and ambition of 1960s high modernism.  While the building had great bones, by 2020 the layout and finishes were outdated and out of sync with Sirotnik’s contemporary lifestyle. 

photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi

The design brief was to organize and curate a pared-down life where Sirotnik’s daily routines of meditation, cooking, and working from home could be focused and elevated by simplifying the material reality of his surrounding environment.  The client wanted a space to have guests and focus on his children-- all with flexibility to easy access to put away dinnerware and project supplies with minimal effort.  Wittman Estes designed custom casework around the simple rituals of Sirotnik’s daily life, such a making coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening.  Escaping the noise and clutter of his large former single-family dwelling, Lakeside West was imagined as a cloistered escape. 

photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi

The functions are concentrated into flexible ‘living blocks’ that contain and organize Sirotnick’s possessions, leaving the space around it free of clutter.  The living blocks consist of a kitchen island, kitchen main volume, liquor cabinet, hall closet, and bedroom storage closet.  The design is adaptable for life of both solitude and gathering, where space and storage become a backdrop for living and connection with the views outside and with family and friends.  The pared-down existence is supported by the flexibility of the living blocks.  The kitchen block has an “open” and “closed” state.  While cooking and preparing drinks, the casework open state has flip-up and nested doors that recede into niches and allow full open access to the cabinet interiors.  The closed state has flush doors with integral finger pulls that transform the casework into a quiet backdrop for the living room.   

The textures and colors of Lake Washington and the lightness of the expansive sky are brought inside to blend with a material palette of warm minimalism.  The cool grey textures of Luce di Luna marble evoke the surface of the water, while the moody depth of the solid panel rift sawn white oak panels with tactile finger pulls give a warm and tactile intimacy to the casework. 

photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi

Wittman Estes’ approach to sustainability focuses on small footprint, high-quality spaces built with durable materials and timeless designs that will endure for the long term and survive through interior design trends.  Lakeside West’s universalism and the adaptability of mid-century International Style architecture is a perfect foil for re-imagining a dwelling that keeps the essential bones and layout.  The original condominium was simplified and transformed with solid oak floors, casework, and solid stone countertops that are built to last for the long term.  Locally sourced wood and detailed craftsmanship by Sparrow Woodworks yielded a refined and tactile living space where the focus of everyday life is on the people, activities, and dynamic colors and textures of the wide open views and pearlescent skies over Lake Washington.  

photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi
photo_credit Rafael Soldi
Rafael Soldi

Project Team 
Architecture/Interiors: Wittman Estes 
Builder: Sparrow Woodworks 
Photography: Rafael Soldi 

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Immersive Golong Wormhole visually represents the transformative nature of a beauty and wellness brand
25 May 2022 News
Immersive Golong Wormhole visually represents the transformative nature of a beauty and wellness brand

In Hangzhou, China, the Golong Wormhole by PINES ARCH is an experimental space for events and exhibi... More

Villa RS by JUMA Architects employs charred wooden cladding and horizontally oriented planes to blend with the Belgian landscape
25 May 2022 News
Villa RS by JUMA Architects employs charred wooden cladding and horizontally oriented planes to blend with the Belgian landscape

In the Flemish Ardennses, Villa RS by JUMA Architects is situated in a picturesque landscape with ch... More

Kindergarten for Llubi expresses in built form two converging patterns from its landscape context
24 May 2022 News
Kindergarten for Llubi expresses in built form two converging patterns from its landscape context

In the small Mallorca town of Llubi, this new kindergarten by Aixopluc Architects is located on a pe... More

25 best architecture firms in Mexico City
23 May 2022 News
25 best architecture firms in Mexico City

Mexico City is home to a number of outstanding, epoch-defining architectural firms. Its contemporary... More

New Singer Museum wing by Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten offers a balanced experience of art, architecture and garden
22 May 2022 News
New Singer Museum wing by Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten offers a balanced experience of art, architecture and garden

In Tilburg, NL, the new Nardinc wing of the Singer Museum by Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten houses th... More

Al Naseej Factory: A woven architecture that celebrates local craftspeople
22 May 2022 News
Al Naseej Factory: A woven architecture that celebrates local craftspeople

Located in Bani Jamrah, Bahrain, the Al Naseej Factory by Leopold Banchini is a textile weaving faci... More

Merk X revitalizes Amsterdam Zoo natural history building that was closed for 75 years
20 May 2022 News
Merk X revitalizes Amsterdam Zoo natural history building that was closed for 75 years

The neoclassical building was built between 1850 and 1855 to a design by Johannes van Maurik as a na... More

82,000 unique, hand-crafted tiles clad the new extension to Museum Arnhem by Benthem Crouwel Architects
20 May 2022 News
82,000 unique, hand-crafted tiles clad the new extension to Museum Arnhem by Benthem Crouwel Architects

In addition to restoring the original Museum Arnhem building, complete with characteristic historic... More