The master bathroom, which features a private courtyard

The entry sequence features a 40 foot long skylight with the roof framing exposed below the glass

The great room looking toward the fireplace and covered outdoor patio

Clyde Hill Residence

This is a new house design on the boards for a family on Seattle's Eastside.

The site is a large, gently sloping lot bordered on three sides by streets and driveways. Our clients asked us to focus on creating a sense of privacy and filling the house with natural light.

Our design response takes these two criteria as its driving concept. We sunk the house down and buried it on the exposed street side in order to create a private, green, southwest-facing courtyard space. The great room and master bedroom are arranged in an L-shape around this private outdoor room, and the house's secondary spaces are arranged as a second, peripheral L-shape around those primary rooms.  

These primary rooms also feature sloping roofs that shade the intense southern light, and open up like factory monitors to the passive north light. The remaining spaces are capped with a low profile flat roof.

Physical model of the project from the southwest corner

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Name:                    Clyde Hill House

Completion:          2018

Location:                Clyde Hill, WA USA

Scope:                   New 4-bedroom house on a 1/4 acre lot

Area:               4100 SF                 


Architect:          Paul Michael Davis

               Tiffany Chow

               Mariana Gutheim

               Graham Day

               Terence Wong

Contractor:        Jason Reid + Andy Watts

               Boom Builders

Landscape          Dan Dizazzo


Structural          Mark Leingang

& Civil:              TransOlympic Engineering Inc.

Art Consulting:     Lele Barnett

Furniture:          InForm Interiors

               Design Within Reach