“With Meg Home, we wanted to balance transparency with a sheltering sense of refuge. It’s the yin and the yang.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
An expansive curve and a massive retractable window wall define the form of this 6,050-square-foot contemporary urban residence. Perched on Queen Anne hill overlooking downtown Seattle and Puget Sound, Meg Home takes full advantage of its steeply sloped site with 180-degree views of the urban landscape below. This sense of openness at the back of the home is juxtaposed against the respectful street scale at the front, where an intimate courtyard garden frames the entrance. Much like the outgoing yet reserved owner couple, this home balances transparency with a sheltering sense of refuge.
Exterior materials of exposed concrete, glass and weathered metal siding are continued inside, where a barrel vaulted roof defines the interior space. Upon entering the home, this curved ceiling sweeps up over the entry vestibule and the exposed steel stairs, which lead to the master suite above and a basement with three bedrooms below. On the main level, the arch traces a line of clerestory windows before terminating in the open-plan living and dining area at a massive, two-story “guillotine” window wall. Here, a hand-cranked wheel and three large counterweights physically open the home’s entire south façade to expansive city views and an exterior cantilevered deck. Above, a second cantilevered volume – the upstairs master suite – provides cover to the northeast end of this outdoor space.
Inside, just beyond the front door, a giant wall-height cabinet with a hemmed steel edge pulls out to reveal hidden wine storage. A series of five perforated steel tube pendant lights from the Tom Kundig Collection illuminate a custom-built, reclaimed fir dining table. Interior architectural finishes are left intentionally raw, including lightly buffed plywood on custom casework and concrete flooring. Welds and shop markings on the exposed steel beams remain, keeping with the owners’ request for an unpolished design. Warm, vintage furnishings and soft textures throughout soften the edge of these industrial interior finishes.
“The goal was to establish a play between gritty and finesse – to make beauty by contrast.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA