The Seattle Modern Architecture and Design Society and the Seattle Architecture Foundation are giving an annual glimpse of six Seattle homes, both brand new and contemporary, on the last weekend in April. The eighth incarnation of the self-guided tour gives the participants the opportunity not only to speak to architects and designers, but also to the residents and gain an insight into daily life in the houses and buildings.
It’s like going to an open house for fun, just with no price tags and more education. With modern homes popping up everywhere, this is a great opportunity to demystify their interiors.
The tour takes place on Saturday, April 27th from 11am to 5pm. Tickets are $ 40 or $ 50 per day and are available on the Modern Architecture and Design Society website.
Here you can see four of them.
Best Practice, Hybrid Design and Steven Lazen | Interior: Kailin Gregga, Steven Lazen, Rob Humble
We toured this house, a dream project by architects and life partners Kailin Gregga and Steven Lazen in February, which was named “Big Mouth House” because of its huge, pink protruding front window that a friend once had photoshopping teeth on. Big Mouth stands out from many of its boxy brothers by not only putting color first – a theme that continues throughout the interior – but also being part of a clever multi-family configuration with two other townhouses and having its own ADU .
E. Cobb Architects | Landscape: Erin Lau Design | Interior design: Tanya Brunner
This Victorian home on Millionaire’s Row – a collection of ornate Volunteer Park homes more than a hundred years old – has survived to modern times, but has lost some of its original features. The youngest residents wanted to find a way to preserve the vintage parts of their home but streamline them with a modern sensibility without undertaking an overly aggressive remodel. The end result preserves the great fun spaces and releases more of the shape of the home with rooms upstairs showing the roofline from inside. The facade combines a more modern entrance surrounded by original details.
Built-in guest house
E. Cobb Architects | Landscape: alchemy
We haven’t seen many underground homes lately, but when we look at this recessed home on the southwestern shore of Lake Washington, we wonder why we don’t have more of them in Seattle. This is a one bedroom guest house for a much larger (and above ground) home that is still under construction, but it stands on its own. While restrained on the outside, it is built for great indoor and outdoor living.
Magnolia modern home
Stan Hanson | Landscape and interior: Heidi and Rick Ward
This resists the stark looks that can appear in modern homes with light fixtures, sometimes with a mid-century aesthetic like wooden slat dividers and wooden sliding cabinets. It was built as a family home by Rick and Heidi Ward, both modern house professionals – Heidi Ward is the broker behind the real estate blog 360 Modern. The late Stan Hanson of Stillwell Hanson designed the house in 2007, and the Wards say the house is “fondly remembered” of him.