By Alyson Pitarre
A MODERN TECHNOLOGICAL WONDER ON SEATTLE’S PORTAGE BAY CAPTIVATES WITH AERODYNAMIC ARCHITECTURE AND AWE-INSPIRING SEASCAPES.
Rising from opposing wedges of glass and concrete, the monolithic steel structure of this Seattle lakefront architectural gives one the distinct feeling that it is reaching out to the view of Portage Bay and pulling it right into the home. The stunning effect — “a seascape pageantry,” as listing agent Wendy Lister of Coldwell Banker Bain in Seattle calls it — is by pure design.
“I wanted it to feel as though you were descending into the view, but also pulling the view in and enveloping the space,” reveals architect Dave Dykstra. “Great consideration was given to making sure the view became a grandelement of the home and the experience of living there.”
Dykstra fashioned the 4,468-square-foot residence around the elemental qualities of water, first by extending the house toward the bay and then by integrating the pool and spa into the overall design. Being careful not to disrupt the full-width-view frontage of the home’s main great room, he oriented the spa and sunlit pool— which won an award in 2009 — with expansive terracing along the side of the home. The resulting placement protects the pool against the wind and connects the water elements to the landscape, unfolding and cascading, one into the next…