Light House Residence
A complete re-imagining of an early Jim Olson home, this project was a substantial renovation with little of the original structure left intact. One of the client’s main goals was to maximize light. By creating new walls of glass at the east and west elevations of this lakefront residence, Jim and his team transformed what was a darker and more inward-looking floor plan to an open and airy residence that fully embraces its Lake Washington location. The home is organized around a two-story east-west axis that allows views from the entry through to the lake. A Spencer Finch art light sculpture is the centerpiece of the home and offers a beacon to passing boaters. A north-south oriented bridge of glass and steel crosses over this two-story volume to connect the upper-floor living spaces. Numerous details elevate the finishes throughout, including a steel-clad fireplace wall, wire-brushed wood ceilings and high-gloss painted casework. The interiors were designed by Terry Hunziker who has collaborated with the client on a number of projects over the years.
Jim Olson, principal architect
William Franklin, project architect
Olson Kundig Architects
Terry Hunziker Inc
Anne James Landscape Architecture LLC
Aaron Leitz Photography