Seattle, Washington




Andrew Pogue

A creative and refined house design that thoughtfully blends open and private spaces.

Built in the large but tranquil Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle, Magnolia Residence is a thoughtfully designed home that strikes the perfect balance between an openness to nature and privacy. The clients, an active couple, turned to the mwworks architecture firm to design their ideal urban home: a dwelling with a clean, open plan, bright spaces, a strong connection to nature, and private areas. The 2,900-square-foot house stands out in this affluent neighborhood. It features both a bold contemporary design and a clever use of opaque and transparent volumes. Board-formed concrete volumes with varying heights shelter an outdoor area from the neighbors while also creating a sequence of outdoor and indoor spatial experiences. A wooden boardwalk leads to the entrance. The sunken courtyard links the garden with the home’s interior.

The main living space features wood framed glass doors that open completely to the deck area. Placed on the glass floor, a black volume with textured Richlite panels houses the more private bedrooms and home office. A charred wood and steel staircase connects the lower and upper levels. Throughout the house, the architects used a limited palette of hardwood and concrete, with darker accents contrasting light, natural colors. Warm and refined at the same time, the interior balances modern simplicity and traditional craftsmanship. Apart from passive ventilation and excellent insulation, the home also features highly energy efficient lighting fixtures and appliances. Photographs© Andrew Pogue.

Tags: , , , , , ,
    • RVTK House


      The renovation of a 1978 house to create three apartments for several generations of the…

    • Embedded House


      A concrete, glass and wood house partly sunken into a hillside surrounded by pine forests…

    • Des Rapides Residence


      A contemporary wood house that celebrates the beauty of the natural material, this dwelling features…

    • Green House


      Dating back to the 1960s, this family home was impressively modernized with bright living spaces…

    • Greenhouse


      A minimalist greenhouse designed as a space for quiet reflection and nature contemplation. Located in…