This townhome has a 32’ atrium with a skylight running the full width of the house. Our design embraces this feature and heightens the experience of its dynamic interior volume. A fireplace is integrated as a central focal point. Atop the mantle is a grand bookcase that provides storage and visual interest as it draws one's eyes upward through the atrium. At the main living level, the kitchen has been relocated from the front of the home to the rear where it now enjoys more open space and daylight in its position adjacent a window wall with views to a newly designed garden.

A carefully detailed millwork 'cube' is a primary organizing element of the ground floor plan. It is a nicely proportioned object that orients movement through the space as it separates the living room from the atrium and kitchen. The 'cube' contains two concealed glass pocket doors that enable the living room to be closed off. It also conceals a coat closet at the main entry of the home and hides a discreet powder room.

At the ground floor level and up through the atrium and main stair, vertical grain Douglas fir slats provide screened views through the home and eliminate the necessity for guardrails. Douglas fir, concrete floors, and white lacquered millwork combine to create a crisp and clean material palette with a sense of warmth.

At the third floor level, a net 'floor' has been installed at the top of the atrium allowing the void space to become a dramatic play surface adjacent to the kid’s bedrooms. The use of a net in this location precludes the need for guardrails and opens the floor plan to unimpeded views to and from the third floor. Riggers from Cirque du Soleil provided and installed the trapeze net.

In the garden a covered seating area adjacent to the kitchen serves to blur the boundary between the interior living spaces and the exterior. Carefully placed hornbeams create an aerial hedge offering privacy from adjacent buildings while focusing attention towards the rear of the garden. At the garden's terminus, views are borrowed from a mature grove of hemlocks and spruce trees, enhancing the sense of lushness in this small city garden. Additionally, a small, shallow, fountain built into a concrete bench serves as a focal point.

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Modern home with Living Room, Gas Burning Fireplace, Ceiling Lighting, Bookcase, Shelves, Accent Lighting, Concrete Floor, Recessed Lighting, and Standard Layout Fireplace. View of the main atrium space with vertical grain douglas fir wood slats, and custom steel library ladder. Photo  of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

View of the main atrium space with vertical grain douglas fir wood slats, and custom steel library ladder.

Modern home with Living Room, Concrete Floor, Accent Lighting, Storage, Ceiling Lighting, and Recessed Lighting. View from entry. Photo 2 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

View from entry.

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, White Cabinet, Concrete Floor, Recessed Lighting, Undermount Sink, Refrigerator, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Range Hood, Range, Pendant Lighting, and Accent Lighting. View from within the atrium looking south towards the kitchen. Photo 3 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

View from within the atrium looking south towards the kitchen.

Modern home with Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Shelves, Accent Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Standard Layout Fireplace, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, Storage, Bookcase, and Gas Burning Fireplace. Cascade coil drape keeps the owner's great dane out of the kitchen. Photo 4 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

Cascade coil drape keeps the owner's great dane out of the kitchen.

Modern home with Kitchen, White Cabinet, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Concrete Floor, Recessed Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Range, Range Hood, Undermount Sink, Refrigerator, Ceiling Lighting, Engineered Quartz Counter, and Accent Lighting. Sleek white kitchen with Heath tile backsplash Photo 5 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

Sleek white kitchen with Heath tile backsplash

Modern home with Kitchen, White Cabinet, Concrete Floor, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Pendant Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Range Hood, Range, Undermount Sink, and Marble Counter. Alvar Aalto's A330 pendant fixtures above the kitchen island. Photo 6 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

Alvar Aalto's A330 pendant fixtures above the kitchen island.

Modern home with Hallway, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Concrete Floor. The atrium is 'enclosed' at the second floor level by vertical grain douglas fir slats.  The trapeze net play surface on the third floor can be seen. Photo 7 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

The atrium is 'enclosed' at the second floor level by vertical grain douglas fir slats. The trapeze net play surface on the third floor can be seen.

Modern home with Living Room, Shelves, Concrete Floor, Bookcase, Recessed Lighting, Accent Lighting, Storage, and Ceiling Lighting. A detail view of the douglas fir wood slats and the glass guardrail as they meet the concrete bridge that spans the atrium at the second floor level. Photo 8 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

A detail view of the douglas fir wood slats and the glass guardrail as they meet the concrete bridge that spans the atrium at the second floor level.

Modern home with Living Room, Bookcase, Standard Layout Fireplace, Gas Burning Fireplace, Concrete Floor, Storage, and Shelves. Looking down through the trapeze net, from the third floor level. Photo 10 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

Looking down through the trapeze net, from the third floor level.

Modern home with Staircase, Stone Tread, and Wood Railing. Detail of the douglas fir guardrail at the third floor level. Photo 11 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

Detail of the douglas fir guardrail at the third floor level.

Modern home with Kids Room, Neutral Gender, Medium Hardwood Floor, Teen Age, and Playroom. A view across the trapeze net at the third floor. Photo 12 of Atrium TownhomeView Photos

A view across the trapeze net at the third floor.

Floor plans Photo 13 of Atrium Townhome modern homeView Photos

Floor plans

Conceptual rendering of net play surface and a building section. Photo 14 of Atrium Townhome modern homeView Photos

Conceptual rendering of net play surface and a building section.

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Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 2750
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