House of Joy

Kirkland, WA

  • 3,147 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 baths
  • Great Room, Kitchen, Office, Library, Gallery, Recreation Room and Laundry

Set on a small key-shaped lot in a Kirkland neighborhood, this contemporary northwest home provides numerous places of refuge within its open floor plan where the owners can find sanctuary from the activity of this suburban community. The main floor is laid out in an “L”-shaped configuration, which creates a quiet outdoor courtyard on the rear portion of the property. The interior spaces are grouped along the outside of the “L”, creating an implied circulation path through the length of the home along the inside. Access to the courtyard from the main living spaces occurs through this path by a series of French doors. Special emphasis was also placed on the entry, whereupon entering the eye is lead through a wall of glazing straight down the building axis to a pair of masonry fireplaces which anchor the end of the home – one on the interior and the other on the exterior courtyard. From the entry, an open steel stair leads up to a second level office and library, which are open within the soaring, two-story space. These spatial arrangements are contained within a series of modulated exterior volumes that keep within the scale of the neighborhood and are defined by a pallet of natural stone, redwood siding, and galvanized metal siding.