Family life is one of the most important sources of happiness, irrelevant of which form this may take. With this project, Heliotrope Architects was able to make a young and active family happy with a new house in Seattle, United States. What catches the eye immediately, is the fact that their home bathes in light and is intentionally focused on nurturing and stimulating family connections.
Already since 1999, Heliotrope Architects helps building the residential and commercial landscape of Seattle and beyond. They found their name in the synonymous flower and strongly believe that there is an intangible quality that takes it a step further and, for example, transforms an amazing place into something extraordinary. For them, this mission always starts within the context of the client, so this was no other with Fauntleroy Residence. Namely, they were asked to design a home where the residents can let go of the occupations at work and school, and they did so quite literally: the house turns away from the busy street and looks out at the nearby sea. This freedom at the back of the property was clearly articulated on the inside as well, considering that the open living area also motivates calm and peace of mind. Furthermore, the spacious sliding doors ensure that the residents can fuse their inside- and outdoor space to a considerable degree.
At the upper floor, the skylights create a large amount of daylight that enters the staircase beautifully.
At the upper floor, the skylights create a large amount of daylight that beautifully enters the staircase. The open space between the steps makes for an additional airiness that perfectly matches the overall feel of the house. The landing continues the white hues, which we already notice in a limited amount on the main floor, and, in this way, leads to a pleasant atmosphere of safety and comfort. The bed- and bathrooms also remain loyal to this emotional palette. Next to the usual spaces, Fauntleroy Residence contains a few luxurious facilities as well. For example, the home is equipped with a spa, a sauna, and a fire pit. Moreover, they even thought about storage space for paddleboards and an outdoor shower, namely on the main floor. Considering that the property looks out directly at the sea, this proximity was highlighted with a few extras. There is no doubt that the people behind Heliotrope Architects did their absolute best to make this project into a light family home that is provided with a few high-end expansions. In this way, they ensured a warm family environment and the residents can retreat each day in an oasis of calm and adventure. Architecture by Heliotrope Architects
Photography by Kevin Scott