Rhodes Architecture + Light modern-staircase

Rhodes Architecture + Light

An old WWII era house in West Seattle with a very small footprint had one obvious recommendation for a buyer who called us in 2005; a sweeping view of the City of Seattle. The view from the existing house took in Magnolia and Alki Point to the north, the skyscrapers of downtown Seattle, the bustle of Harbor Island, and Mt. Rainer to the south. Working with the existing footprint and foundation, and adding a garage to the west, we created an urban residence of 3925 square feet. A glass curtain wall that stretches across the east side of the house and turns the south and north corners was dictated by the view; any walls used would have blocked the view to the City of Seattle. A basement designed to house office, theater, an exercise room, and a guest suite supports a main floor with kitchen, dining, and living areas in one open space. Commercial sliding doors allow a 21 foot by 9 foot opening to a cantilevered deck and makes the deck a part of the living space. A glass skylight and window walls bisect the house to create a stair core that brings natural daylight into the interiors and serves as the spine of the house. The upper level includes bedroom-bathroom suites. A west courtyard garden lends outdoor space to a home that sits above a steep east hillside. Exposed structural steel allowed the exterior walls of the City View Residence to be 55% glass. Portland cement stucco and zinc-coated steel panels side the opaque walls and modulate the scale of the house. A roof plane of sealed Douglas fir rafters and fir plywood caps the house with a warm natural material and shelters the walls.A warm pallet of American Cherry cabinetry, bamboo flooring, natural limestone and granite creates a comfortable interior.

The City View Residence was a collaboration of Rhodes Architecture + Light, Swenson Say Faget Engineering, LightWire, and the owners and was completed in 2006 by Mark Madison of Bob Talbot Construction.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

John Hill added this to 12 Singular Architectural Interiors
A lot is happening in the top level of this house: stair and bridge with steel guardrails, translucent glass wall, skylight, partial-height walls, steel beams. Yet it all combines into a pleasing whole, thanks to the translucent glass and the abundant light from the skylight.

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ericzines added this to ericzines's ideas
on Sunday
C.A.P. INC. added this to carlcoulson's Ideas
December 26, 2014
Glass screen
emme10 added this to Color Palettes
December 24, 2014
Creamy, muddy paint color with wood, don't like combination
sweeneye added this to sweeneye's ideas
December 11, 2014
flat steel bars w/flat steel handrail
kinacorc added this to exterior
October 6, 2014
scotdw6 added this to scotdw6's Ideas
August 11, 2014
Flat stock rail
kanemcneill added this to Stairway
May 15, 2014
openess - could be our entry with stairs basement
chacha4980 added this to bathroom
March 17, 2014
wood cap
Kendall Planning + Design added this to alisonkendall's ideas
October 5, 2013
Translucent glass wall-dark metal with shoji screen effect.
marymacdougall added this to Gywneth
July 17, 2013
frosted glass divided wall geometric
Stacy Huggar added this to Huggar Dream Home
July 10, 2013
frosted windows for privacy
masztu added this to masztu's Ideas
March 7, 2013
Sciana przy schoach
mimifuchs added this to Esszimmer
February 24, 2013
dkelly5652 added this to dkelly5652's Ideas
February 10, 2013
Stairs are cool
banks2012 added this to banks2012's ideas
January 21, 2013
alu windows
RickJen Sponseller added this to rickjen_sponseller's Ideas
December 8, 2012
Partial wall
kurtberney added this to kurtberney's Favorites
June 12, 2012
sky light
seanlawson added this to seanlawson's Favorites
April 14, 2012
Black windows
maryc9 added this to maryc9's ideas
April 7, 2012
Dark trim, light wood and gib mixture
Designer Accents added this to Reed, Peggy
March 31, 2012
Like this bannister.
mavayianos added this to mavayianos's Favorites
March 29, 2012
johnshirleysr added this to johnshirleysr's ideas
March 27, 2012
trnslucent light
khankowski added this to living space
March 27, 2012
katileigh added this to KL General Decorating
March 27, 2012
love the mix of steel and wood and light
lindaswink22 added this to lindaswink22's ideas
March 26, 2012
seastone added this to windows
March 26, 2012
translucent, lets in light
fchanteau added this to fchanteau's ideas
March 25, 2012
Audrey Hall added this to Studio Ideas
March 25, 2012
sagr added this to sagr's ideas
March 25, 2012
perfiles negros
samuraifish added this to railings
March 25, 2012
cwaale added this to Backsplash
March 25, 2012
Translucent walls
millerhome added this to millerhome's ideas
March 25, 2012
Railing and exposed I-Beam
woozle added this to woozle's Favorites
March 25, 2012
Open & spacious
codes708 added this to codes708's Favorites
March 25, 2012
translucent glass wall!
gibblack added this to gibblack's Favorites
March 22, 2012
South house 122?
peterq added this to peterq's Favorites
March 28, 2011
jham added this to jham's ideas
November 22, 2010
good combination of half walls and steel railings
sakina added this to sakina's ideas
November 16, 2010
aluminium window frames
andrewbadge added this to andrewbadge's Favorites
November 14, 2010
Part wall to let in light
mesandell added this to mesandell's ideas
September 27, 2009
wall cap
47ranchdressing added this to 47ranchdressing's ideas
June 28, 2009
railing, closets, obscured windows
cevans added this to interior
April 16, 2009
beam and sky light
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