Madrona House
Seattle, WA
completed 2021
3300 sf
in collaboration with Carsten Stinn Architecture
contractor: PH Robison
photographer: Kevin Scott

The Madrona House nestles into a historic Seattle hilltop neighborhood, looking east to Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountain Range beyond. Built for a downsizing couple that owned the historic craftsman house next door, the house was designed to maximize light and connection to the outdoors, with a strong sense of mass and materiality.

The home was designed as a plinth with thick walls and hearth rising out of it, capped by a carved wooden volume. The irregular textures of the concrete change with the time of day and the color of the sky through the seasons, giving a sense of heft and permanence to the home.  Glazed openings are inset to the interior surface to express the thickness of walls, creating covered outdoor spaces where possible. Details like concealed headers, minimal exposed flashing, and a continuous reveal joint between the concrete and flush wood upper story accentuate the mass and elemental composition of the home.  Light is diffused through the more open east and west ends of the home, as well as the courtyard, and carefully placed skylights to create a luminuous sanctuary from the surrounding city.

Madrona House in the New York Times








Jade Alley
Miami Design District, Miami, FL
2018
in collaboration with SB Architects

A series of parabolic concrete walls and facades give new life to a nondescript Miami alley with changes in scale, shadow, and light integrating new and existing buildings together with a hidden court full of flowering trees at its center. The alley hopes to maintain its obscurity and crudeness in an otherwise sleek and glossy new shopping neighborhood.








Steel Alley
Miami Design District, Miami, FL
2018
in collaboration with SB Architects

This second alley space in the Design District is located between the back of a recently restored warehouse building and a new pedestrian plaza built over multiple levels of underground parking.  The project trasnforms the space into a gateway unifying multiple elements including a new pedestrian bridge, a secondary entry to the new plaza, and subgrade parking garage access through a singular patinaed steel armature, its materiality seeks to maintain the grit and crudeness of the alleyway it evolved from. It is a miniature form of architectural infrastructure, combining pedestrian and vehicular circulation into a new public space.







Rock House

Eld Inlet, WA
2021–current
status: permitting

A gathering of wooden stones around a basalt outcropping create a private landscape protected by the rooms of the house. The massing is carved and chiseled to be an extension of the rock formations that lay beneath.










2440

Portland, OR
2021-present
status: permitting
client: Ryan Zygar

A masonry screen wraps a timber-framed stack of sixteen units. The screen opens and closes based on the light, air, view and privacy needs of the spaces within. Each unit has light and air from at least two sides with a hidden, planted courtyard containing outdoor circulation at the heart of the building.