Lake Union Floating HomeEdit profile
This new floating home is one of eight proposed for a new floating home located on Lake Union, Seattle, Washington. Being in the second position from the end of the dock, the site affords views to the south of downtown Seattleand diagonally to Lake Union. Given the limited footprint, and the desire of the owner to maximize both interior volume and outdoor entertaining spaces, the plan flips the typical residential model by locating the public spaces on the secound level and the private spaces on the float level. This strategy allowed for the consolidation of the entertaining spaces in one large space thereby taking advanatge of the available volume and promoting a flexibility of use. In addition these spaces look out onto a large south facing terrace that enables it to become a direct extension of the interior spaces blurring the distinction between inside and outside. The float level accomodates the Etry, Guest Bedrrom and bath, adn Master Bedroom and bath. Exterior spaces are provided for the moorage of a boat on the east side, whereas a private terrace for the Master Bedroom is located to the south. Each bedroom is extensively glazed to promote views and light allowing for light and ventilation. A translucent stair tower ''knits'' the two floors together and becomes a central visual element at night when lit. Exterior materials were chosen for there aesthetic qualities and low maintance. Aluminium panels complement the storefront windows on the float level, and Slatescape Xtreme panels blend with the Alaskan Yellow Center windows on the second floor. The exterior is a direct reflection of the internal development. Second floor public spaces are clad in Slatescape Xtreme fiber cement panels. Openings were developed as series of ''slits'' that are defined by the exterior panels and were located to feature specific views. Service spaces on both the float level and second floor are cald in aluminium panels. The aluminium panels contiune the module of the float level storefront windows and are neutral in appearance.