The Mad Park residence which is built in Seattle, Washington, is completed designed by the Vandeventer + Carlander Architects. The site for this home is a streep slope corner lot which is a prestigious neighborhood. The existing site conditions are including the neighbors to the west and north, a busy arterial is below and a residential street is located to the east side of this project. The previous daylight basement level and the existing retaining walls is established the datum for the new house, though the existing residence is demolished. The project program is required an accommodating for six family. It is serving as a platform for entertaining and displaying a growing collection of the contemporary art. As the organizational tool for the home’s design, this dual need of the accommodating family and the art is led to the concept of “served” and the “service” zones. To be enriched by each other, the zoning of the functions also permit the art and the children to live side by side.
This home project is comprised of four distinct elements such as a glass which is enclosed in the main floor area, a wood which is wrapped upper the bedroom level, a steel which is sheathed the “service” volume to the rear and a cantilevered, and stucco clad office. The fundamental to the concept of the house is a linear, light filled gallery, it is extends the length of the house. This space separates the “served” from the “service” functions on all floors, both in plan and the section. The glass which is enclosed the living area is enveloped as an open loft space. This space which is open to patios and the gardens on the fully glazed sides is t is containing a traditional entry, living, dining and the family functions. The living area is appears as a “void” juxtaposed against the mass of the other volumes.
The Alaskan Yellow Cedar clad the volume above the living area is defines the private bedroom areas. The three glass bridges which is crossing through the linear gallery is gives an access to the five bedrooms. The bridges and the upper hallway is provides the multiple views of the art which is displayed in the gallery space. The “service” volume itself is a two-story which is enclosure housing the every-day needs of the family such as specifically kitchen, mud room, bathrooms, closets, stair and a laundry. The solid nature of the enclosure is creates the backdrop to the open nature of the public areas, it is wrapped in rusting steel sheets. The final element, the cantilevered office which is serves as a sculptural counterpoint to an otherwise rational plan.
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Photography by Ben Benschneider