Small Footprint, Soaring Stature: Modern vertical house maximizes views and nature

This "earthy-meets-industrial" house by Coates Design Architecture holds its head up high here on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. The home's carefully considered design offers privacy while maximizing views; combines nature and modern flair; blends fashion and function, proving that opposites attract and you really can have it all. Here's the tour.


What the Dorsey Residence lacks in its footprint, it makes up for in stature. This house makes the most of the surrounding views with a vertical orientation anchored into the hillside. The facade showcases three volumes within its cube-shaped silhouette - the main section clad in concrete, one finished in wood, and one in grey panels sitting at ground level. The expansive glazed rear facade gives this monolith a lighter, more contemporary edge while framing the Olympic Mountains and the waterfront just outside.


The fortress-like feel of the exterior is in sharp contrast to the interiors, where a bright, open and spacious layout is flooded with natural light. The glass wall opens the main living area onto a large cantilevered deck overlooking the nearby water and connecting the home to nature.


The kitchen is a warm, earthy hub for family gatherings and memorable meals. A bar crafted of caramelized bamboo provides a great spot for casual meals on the go and offers plenty of food prep areas. Storage space and appliances - washer and drier, fridge and wine cooler - are artfully concealed behind custom cabinet fronts, lending a clean, organized look and feel to this typically chaotic space of the home.


Wood-clad walls abut exposed concrete and cool glass, putting a modern industrial spin on the prevailing natural aesthetic. A blackened steel and wood stairway leads up through the three floors of the home, illuminated by the skylight overhead. Escape to the upper levels, where privacy and views are the piece de resistance.


Coates Design Architecture
Via Contemporist
Photo credits: Andrew Waits and Roger Turk

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Posted on February 4, 2013 2:40 PM in Coastal Homes


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