Lake Union Floating Home by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects


Some floating homes have been built on Lake Union, and this design is one of them. This design was done by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects, located at the second position from the end of the dock. It affords views to the south of downtown Seattle and diagonally to Lake Union. The final design strives to meet comfortable living and gracious entertaining   that transforms what could be a banal “box” into one with architectural integrity.

The public spaces are located on 2nd floor, and the private spaces are located on float level to maximize both interior volume and outdoor entertaining spaces. With these strategy will make entertaining spaces look out onto a large south facing terrace. It is accessed by a sliding wall system that enables it to become a direct extension of the interior spaces, blurring the distinction between inside and outside.

The entry, guest bed room, bath rooms and master bedroom can be found at float level. The moorage of a boat are provided at the east side. The master bedroom’s private terrace is located at the south. More glass windows are used for each bedroom to provide lights and views. A translucent stair tower knits the two floors together and becomes a central visual element at night when lit.

Aluminum panels complement  the storefront windows on the float level, and Slatescape Xtreme panels blend with Alaskan Yellow Cedar windows on the second level. Second level public spaces are clad in Slatescape Xtreme fiber cement panels. Service areas are clad in aluminum panels. The selection of woods such as mahogany for entry level casework and zebrawood on upper level cabinets build on the clientsí rich and eclectic furniture collection. Light hued bamboo flooring and Alaskan yellow panels at walls and ceilings recede into the background allowing the stronger furnishing elements to come forward.

In response to environmental concerns, the location and treatment of glazing promote passive heating and cooling while providing abundant natural light. Sun screens and overhangs provide effective summer shading. Efficient hydronic in-floor heating utilizes an energy efficient heat pump system and the fresh air ventilation system utilizes an energy saving heat exchanger.

Source:  Vandeventer + Carlander ArchitectsArchitecture 4 us




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