Southeast of Seattle, on Mercer Island, Chadbourne + Doss architects recently completed a reconstruction of an early Fred Bassetti-designed home, dubbed the Wood Block Residence. Bassetti, an iconic Seattle architect, originally designed the home in 1962, but over the ensuing decades, it had fallen into disrepair.
Lisa Chadbourne and Darren Doss worked to comprehensively update the home, while simultaneously referring to 92 year old Bassetti for advice regarding historical accuracy. The result is a rectangular, monolithic structure embedded into a hillside on the island’s west side. The street façade employs imposing site-formed concrete, seamed metal panels, and aluminum screens, but once inside, the plan opens to the heavily wooded site. Cedar-lined ceilings and walls reflect the natural surroundings, which are readily visible through floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors that open onto exterior patios. A black and white color scheme and minimalist furnishings complete the interior décor.
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