Lake Union Float Home, Seattle, Wa.

Design Team: Dan Nelson, Principal Architect
Shawn Sullivan, Project Architect
Interior Design: Susan Broll, Seattle Wa.
Photographer: Ben Benschneider
Contractor: Mike Villiott, Seattle Wa.



The Lake Union Float Home is located in the Eastlake area of Lake Union in Seattle Washington.

The Float Home was selected as the Northwest Magazine/Seattle AIA home of the month for January 2012. It has also been posted on several contemporary design web sites, including Contemporist, Archdaily, Architizer and Freshome. This summer it will be featured in the the book "Ten Eco Tips by One Hundred Eco Architects" by Loft Publications.

In 2009 The Float Home won a Citation Award for design excellence from the Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Seattle houseboat community is unique. The residents share access and live in close proximity to one another, yet there is a community diversity that is unrivaled. The challenge was to create a home that had a sense of history of place amidst this diversity.

Our approach was to reference the industrial wharf buildings found in other parts of Lake Union. The' Wharf Aesthetic' drove the exterior detailing and the owner-contractor dubbed his home 'The Floating Cannery' by the end of the project.

The exterior metal grid work around around the exterior spiral stair and heat pump condenser reinforces the wharf building approach. The cedar board and batten vertical banding is reminiscent of crates that are loaded on to barges in the port, while Trespa panels add warmth to the facade.


Lake Union Float Home. Sunset view from the water.
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Seattle Architects - Modern Featured in the Jan. 2012 issue of Northwest Home Magazine
“Floating boat house on Lake Union, in Seattle.” — Cabana Home
Entry side with spiral stair to the roof top putting green.
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“stairs on outside” — chcweldingllc
Roof top putting green.
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“putting green idea” — alohamama60
Living room with glass overhead door down.
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“house boat” — mdeeringdesign
Kitchen.
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“Kitchen interior” — harshalranpise
Stair to second level. Study in the background.
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“stairs beams” — laymanaaron
Powder room.
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“everything” — Jennifer Peterson
“paintings---good color combos” — Dragon Design, LLC
Guest bedroom.
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“Bookshelf” — johnbour
Bath detail with glass shower.
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“Shower” — troon81632
Master bath.
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“love the bathroom features” — alohamama60
Kitchen island.
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“like the zebra wood and the bamboo-like tile backsplash” — kelran
Stair detail.
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“Escalera” — mmyju
Stair rail detail.
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“stair railing” — tamaradeverell
Stair rail detail with view to entry below.
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“Want wood cap” — michaelduncan
Spiral stair to roof deck.
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“Metal” — Holly Dotson
Entry detail.
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“Door” — arodenburg
Entry door port hole.
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“Now that's a peephole!” — augey
Site Plan
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Seattle Architecture Lake Union Float Home Site Plan.
Main Floor Plan
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Seattle Architecture Lake Union Float Home First Floor Plan.
Upper Level Plan
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Seattle Architecture Lake Union Float Home Second Floor Plan.
Roof Plan
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Seattle Architecture Lake Union Float Home Roof Plan.
Section
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Seattle Architecture Lake Union Float Home Building Section.
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Seattle Architecture Concept sketch for the Lake Union Float Home.
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Seattle Architecture Concept sketch for the Lake Union Float Home.
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Seattle Architecture Concept sketch for the Lake Union Float Home.
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Seattle Architecture Concept sketch for the Lake Union Float Home.
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