Located on the west side of Mercer Island, this house is a reconstruction of one of iconic Seattle architect Fred Bassetti’s earliest designs. Fronting a busy street, the owners wanted to create a protective shelter for family life. While appreciating the classic modern structure, they wanted to open up the floor plan and update the finishes. Our goal was to respect the original intent and spirit of the design while making the house reflective of its owners, of its time, and a celebration of its place.

The owners provided us with a metaphor for their home of children’s wood blocks, and we have used block forms to delineate programmatic space within the residence. The steel Pantry provides needed storage and provides separation between living and sleeping spaces. Kitchen casework is contained within a defined block that extends up to a clerestory.
The Dressing Room casework provides separation between sleeping and bathing spaces.

The open plan allows for family gathering and perspectives through the full length of the house. The relationship of interior to exterior space are enhanced with large glazing panels and celebrated with the creation of new outdoor spaces that extend out smoothly from the interior. These include the large Main Floor Deck, the Outdoor Room provides sheltered

outdoor space for Taiko drumming, and the sunken Courtyard off the Media Room allows for private sunbathing. A new metal clad roof with interior cedar liner wraps over the house and grounds it to the site. The cedar continues seamlessly from the interior ceiling and end walls to the exterior. An aluminum bar grating screen encloses the Outdoor Room and Main Floor Deck, filtering interior views and forming a sparkling and diaphanous wall from the street. The entry approach is redesigned with a cantilevered concrete landing in the sunken Courtyard and a large glass pivot door to the interior.

Wet areas and Bathing spaces are ethereally bright, smooth and seamless. Milestone acrylic cement plaster was used to be seamless and impart a depth and patina of the hand. Materials throughout are natural but installed and crafted in an extremely crisp manner.

Fred Bassetti, now 93 years old, was invited to visit the home before and after the reconstruction. Upon visiting the new design, he stroked the surfaces and declared “I feel at home here”.

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Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Glass Siding Material, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Metal Siding Material. Entry & Carport Photo  of Wood Block Residence

Entry & Carport

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Post Lighting. Deck Photo 2 of Wood Block Residence

Deck

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Concrete Backsplashe, Accent Lighting, Wall Oven, Undermount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, Dark Hardwood Floor, Refrigerator, Cooktops, Range Hood, Dishwasher, and White Cabinet. Kitchen & Living Room Photo 3 of Wood Block Residence

Kitchen & Living Room

Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Backsplashe, Engineered Quartz Counter, Range Hood, Dishwasher, Undermount Sink, Refrigerator, Ceiling Lighting, Dark Hardwood Floor, Accent Lighting, Wall Oven, White Cabinet, and Cooktops. Kitchen & Dining Photo 4 of Wood Block Residence

Kitchen & Dining

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Hardscapes, Metal Fences, Wall, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Patio, Porch, Deck, Vertical Fences, Wall, and Stone Fences, Wall. An aluminum bar grating screen encloses the Outdoor Room and extends up to form the deck guardrail, above. The screen creates filtered views into and out of the home. Photo 5 of Wood Block Residence

An aluminum bar grating screen encloses the Outdoor Room and extends up to form the deck guardrail, above. The screen creates filtered views into and out of the home.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Dark Hardwood Floor, Chair, and Ceiling Lighting. Bedroom Photo 6 of Wood Block Residence

Bedroom

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and Concrete Siding Material. New vertical metal cladding waterfalls to the ground to anchor the house into the hillside. Photo 7 of Wood Block Residence

New vertical metal cladding waterfalls to the ground to anchor the house into the hillside.

Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Open Shower, Concrete Wall, Undermount Tub, Dark Hardwood Floor, Undermount Sink, and Ceiling Lighting. Master Bathroom hall Photo 8 of Wood Block Residence

Master Bathroom hall

Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Concrete Floor, Open Shower, Soaking Tub, Drop In Tub, Undermount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and Concrete Wall. Master Bathroom  Photo 9 of Wood Block Residence

Master Bathroom

Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Ceiling Lighting, Undermount Sink, Drop In Tub, Open Shower, Concrete Wall, Concrete Floor, and Wall Lighting. Master Bathroom Vanity Photo 10 of Wood Block Residence

Master Bathroom Vanity

Modern home with Dark Hardwood Floor. Media Room Photo 11 of Wood Block Residence

Media Room

Landscape Design
  • Alchemie Landscape Architecture
Builder
  • Constantly Building
Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Square Feet
  • 3000