Words provided by Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers.
Photos by David O. Marlow.
This premier 12,000-square-foot residence was holistically designed with a symbiotic approach to architecture, interiors, and landscaping. The interior exposure of wood, concrete, and steel perfectly frames the exterior surroundings while mirroring nature’s intrinsic strength and beauty.
The client’s art collection was carefully considered when designing both the inside and the outside of the home, along with maximizing the views of the bay and new gardens. This home is the quintessential expression of harmony between outside and inside environments.
The client desired a large home of 12,000 square feet but did not want the home to feel too big or look imposing on the site. Fitting the structure into the surroundings while maintaining harmony with the environment was the design intent.
The site was unique in its scale, location, and ability to fit all of the needs of the client. Yet, the property was challenging because of a fairly steep slope, so the home and landscaping were designed to terrace down in a soft and graceful manner.
The property transformation was elaborate as the original land was quite barren. A multitude of mature vegetation and rockeries were installed to bring a framework and organization to the land.
Inside the home, exposed steel beams, wood, and concrete were chosen as the foundational elements of the main living areas. The client had a desire for the warmth and character of a northwest contemporary home.
These materials fit the northwest contemporary convention while also mirroring the strength and character that is seen in the typical pacific coast landscape and in the client’s art collection.