Seattle Modern: Peter Conard's Bold Design Team
February 01, 2014
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON LEITZ
A Seattle couple were seeking renewal without leaving home. After 28 years in a traditionally styled house overlooking Lake Washington and Mount Rainier, they wanted to go modern but keep their spectacular view. So they bought the property next door, razed the existing homes, and decided to build one house on the double lot. Architect Peter Conard, who’s firm was then called Sullivan Conard Architects, has been known for specializing in traditional homes but similarly sought a new challenge. “This was an opportunity to think more freely,” he remembers.
The new plan, thanks to a collaborative effort among the design team, emphasizes openness, simplicity and warmth—all executed with great precision. As one enters, the great room unfolds to reveal a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass, leading to a terrace and infinity-edge pool with the panoramic view in the distance. “One of the most powerful moments is opening the front door and looking through the house at the pool and the lake,” Conard says. “It gives you this great sense of connection.”
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