Madrona House

Madrona House

Architect
Wittman Estes
Project Year
2018
Category
Private Houses
Andrew Pogue

Madrona House

Wittman Estes as Architects

Perched on a steep slope overlooking Lake Washington, the house contains indoor rooms that open outward onto terraces  and decks for dining, bathing, and entertaining. Originally designed by Wendell  Lovett, the house  was modernized for a family that loves  cooking, art collecting, and being outdoors. A material  palette of wood, stainless steel, concrete, and  glass are arranged to weather naturally and create transparency, depth, and bring in reflections of the trees, water, and skies beyond. 


Typical of it’s time, the original 1980s house was inward focused with a kitchen and master suite that were disconnected from the outdoors and the other spaces in the house. The original spirit of Lovett’s spatial richness and  sculptural spaces were preserved, while the layout was reconfigured to fit the more open and connected lifestyles of a  modern family. 


The two daughters share a room with custom bunkbeds and sculptural built-in drawers in sculptural  shapes and playful colors. The kitchen has custom veneer walnut paneling and stainless countertops that draw in the colors of the outdoors and connect the family to the richness of nature through outdoor living and material relationships to the outside.

 

Project Team

Architecture: Wittman Estes

Construction: Treebird Construction

Photography: Andrew Pogue

 

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