VILLA LUCY - 2002 - 2004

Villa Lucy is a weekend house on a six-acre wooded site overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the coast of Washington State. The architect/owners had a commitment to maintaining the integrity of the site and its surrounding ecosystem. The house sits above the sloping grade to preserve the natural patterns of vegetation and rainwater. Six steel frames allow the house to float above the ground. A steel grated entry bridge hovers above grade leading to a square red timber pivot door that provides the sole graphic accent within the long flat grey-stained cedar wall. The wall acts as a rain screen.

The house is organized into two distinct zones, opaque and transparent - the serviced and the served. The long narrow opaque zone contains all the services (bathrooms, kitchen, pantry, dressing, storage and utilities). The open, loft-like transparent zone contains the living, dining and sleeping areas. The house acts as a lookout, a precisely detailed observation platform designed as a antidote to the introverted routines of city living.

2005 - April/May Dwell Magazine, “Setting the Stage”
2005 - Architectural Record “Building With Metal”
2005 - The New Wood House, Villa Lucy, Bulfinch Press
2006 - Glass Houses, Villa Lucy, Collins Design and Loft Publications
2007 - Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture, Villa Lucy, Laurence King Publishing
2010 - May Dwell Magazine, "100 Houses We Love"