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House Around Japanese Garden

The Hidden Cove Residence is located on Lake Washington and consists of cedar-clad pavilions that are arranged around a Japanese garden. The home has breathtaking views of the water and the Cascade Mountains in the distance.

The owners wanted a quiet atmosphere and access to water. The residence also needed to house their unique collection of outdoor plants, for them the garden was as important as the house. In terms of an architectural style, the goal was to create an apartment that relied on the Japanese colloquial language without being too literal.

The team of architects responded to an oddly shaped site with four pavilions, one of which is at an angle. The volumes of different sizes are arranged around a lush garden. The outer walls are wrapped in specially milled cedar paneling so that the house blends in with the earthy surroundings. The pavilions are crowned with low, hip roofs that are based on traditional Japanese houses.

The bedrooms and living areas are clearly delimited within the separate volumes of the house. The northern part of the apartment contains a garage and a kitchen. An adjoining band houses a living and dining room that merges with a sheltered terrace overlooking the lake. The angled volume that runs along the southern edge of the property includes a master suite, guest room, and office suite. A freestanding pavilion to the west includes an art studio, guest room, and exercise facility. There are large windows throughout the residence that overlook the interior garden or the countryside behind the client’s property.

The rooms are decorated in neutral colors, modern decor and natural finishes such as marble and wood. The team incorporated oversized ceruse-finished oak doors and pocket doors to maximize space. The ceilings are clad with cedar slats – a material chosen for both its aesthetic and acoustic properties.

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