Rhodes Architecture + Light modern-kitchen

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:

Kathryn added this to Great Skylights In Your Home
Here is another example of how lots of glass windows can offer some of the same benefits of a skylight. If you can't get into the roof to create a true skylight then a full wall of windows complimented by subtle lighting indoors is a great alternative.
Kathryn added this to The Coolest Stools for your Home
There is something about the amazing shape of these stools that makes them seem almost life-like!

What Houzzers are commenting on:

easybean added this to easybean's Ideas
September 18, 2014
Bamboo black
ncapote added this to ncapote's Ideas
June 30, 2014
amazing full wall windows for a kitchen.
shannonkormos added this to windows
December 25, 2013
horizontal in kitchen
mariechristian added this to Kitchen Ideas
August 5, 2013
tomikchern added this to kitchen
June 27, 2013
windows, frosted glass on cupboards
jrl7c added this to jrl7c's Favorites
March 31, 2013
wall of glass in kitchen
mimifuchs added this to Esszimmer
February 24, 2013
feenixdes added this to feenixdes's ideas
December 11, 2012
variation on the rear glass wall.
courtneychin added this to laundry/wetbar
December 2, 2012
Bamboo flooring/cabinet combination (though would want different colored upper cabinets)
amyls64 added this to amyls64's ideas
November 26, 2012
doors open shleves
wendymuster added this to kitchen
September 17, 2012
Etched glass instead of clear glass - clear seems to creat dark holes
braindumpadunk added this to Kitchen
September 13, 2012
Glass Windows
rich77 added this to rich77's ideas
July 15, 2012
frosted glass in wood frame
6722pool added this to 6722pool's ideas
June 30, 2012
Glass wall frames exterior
emma52111 added this to New House Ideas
June 10, 2012
21 foot by 9 foot commercial glass sliding doors
onqt added this to onqt's ideas
February 29, 2012
bradwill added this to Wet Bar
January 16, 2012
Zebra wood, open bar
sherylnieds added this to sherylnieds's ideas
January 3, 2012
glass cabinets with solid wood pantry
patgen added this to patgen's ideas
December 29, 2011
Cherry cabinets
myhouse added this to kitchen
December 26, 2011
Doors tomoutside like this to reflect shoji doors
Nicola added this to colina's ideas
November 6, 2011
breakfast bar
Paula Collins added this to vanderplas's ideas
November 6, 2011
oma bamboo floor kitchen cabinets
Bruce added this to Kitchen
October 24, 2011
island with raised breakfast bar
sharynquinnb added this to sharynquinnb's ideas
June 26, 2011
i like the colour of the floor and the lights above the island.
vivace72 added this to vivace72's ideas
May 4, 2011
wood and opaque cabinets, wood, simple
josejavier18 added this to josejavier18's Favorites
April 20, 2011
The fantastic color of the floor
garrettgb added this to garrettgb's ideas
February 17, 2011
Mix of wood
elleny added this to elleny's ideas
November 23, 2010
Floor, stools, windows, view of course! Island/counter, cabinets, lighting. Not too big. Very pleasing.
marlene added this to greenjunkfood's ideas
October 24, 2010
Denise added this to Pool/Deck ideas
September 15, 2010
barstools and pendant lighting
juliehall added this to Canyon View kitchen
August 27, 2010
close off door between kitchen and entry, cut wall shorter to open between living and kitchen, island instead of L between kitchen and dining?
cora added this to Kueche
August 26, 2010
Kueche mit Aussicht - nett
Paul Dunham added this to contemporary ideas for a 1985 semi-custom
August 21, 2010
commercial sliding doors 21 by 9'
valeriem added this to valeriem's ideas
August 18, 2010
shira1 added this to eklekticke kuchyne
August 10, 2010
majella added this to majella's ideas
July 26, 2010
cool bar stools
Joanne Cannell Designs added this to Kitchen Ideas
July 14, 2010
stools, divided open shelves, wall of windows, sandblasted glass in cabinet doors.
valtheevaluator added this to valtheevaluator's ideas
July 12, 2010
nice design. uses space well and still feels open
gramosia added this to gramosia's ideas
July 12, 2010
braduzelac added this to braduzelac's ideas
March 15, 2010
lauramcewan added this to lauramcewan's ideas
January 19, 2010
bamboo with glass cabinets
cento added this to Kitchen
December 23, 2009
DO NOT like red in wood
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