Mercer Island home featured in 2013 Tour of Architects

An Island home re-imagined by Seattle architects, Chadbourne + Doss, is being featured in the annual regional Tour of Architects beginning at 11 a.m. on March 24.

The Mercer Island house is a complete remodel of one of the iconic Seattle architect Fred Bassetti’s earliest designs.

As the residence is on a busy street, the owners wanted to create a protective shelter for family life. While appreciating the classic modern structure, they wanted to simplify the floor plan, rectify years of alterations, and update the finishes. In doing so, the goal was to respect the original spirit of the design while making the house reflective of its owners, its time, and a celebration of its place.

The house was gutted to the studs and portions of the existing house structure, decks and site work were removed. The  reconstruction uses new block forms to contain, articulate and separate programmatic functions. Clad in steel, Milestone plaster, and white lacquer, these blocks consolidate clutter and allow the remaining spaces to be open and clean. Large windows and doors were added and  outdoor spaces were redefined. The entry was redesigned with a cantilevered concrete landing and a glass pivot door.

The house won the esteemed Honor Award from the AIA Seattle in 2011.

The architects will be on hand to meet-and-greet the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own home-design ideas to discuss with architects.

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