Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

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Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Seattle Residential Development, Washington, USA – design by Rick Sundberg Architect

Dec 20, 2017

Brook Bay Residence on Mercer Island

Design: Rick Sundberg, Principal-in-Charge and Lead Designer while at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen (Rick is now a Principal at Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young (SKL) Architects in Seattle)

Location: Mercer Island, King County, Washington, USA

Brook Bay Residence

Photos: Benjamin Benschneider

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Nestled into a Mercer Island hillside, across Lake Washington from Seattle, this intimate two-story residence emphasizes craft, materiality, and connection to the outdoors.

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

The clients’ desire for privacy from neighbors is achieved through the home’s protective, L-shaped design.

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

A cantilevered wing—containing the master bedroom—aligns with the adjoining property and screens the rest of the house from view to create a private refuge within the L.

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The cantilevered element captures focused views of Lake Washington.

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Dark-stained cedar siding wraps the exterior of the private areas of the 4,400-square-foot house, including the master suite. Public spaces are clad with copper panels, which have developed a rich patina.

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Inside, an open primary living space is wrapped by a band of clerestory windows that bathe the interiors in balanced light.

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

The design also carves cozier, more intimate areas within the larger space by integrating such features as lowered ceilings and a blackened, steel-faced fireplace that forms an inglenook in the corner of the living room.

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Wood casework and ceiling plane surfaces ensure the overall aesthetic is warm and inviting.

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The master suite—which comprises the bedroom, an adjoining office rendered in walnut, and a spa-like bathroom encased in limestone and eucalyptus cabinetry—provides a soft retreat.

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Private spaces provide a contrast to the blackened concrete floors and granite of the public spaces. “It’s about thinking where you are during the course of the day and how we can make you feel more calm or comfortable,” notes the architect.

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Collaborations with local craftspeople can be found throughout the home—from entry and interior doors to the blackened steel staircase, a glass and metal chandelier, interior copper panels, and a dining table made of wood, steel and concrete. The entry door features a set of antique Chinese wood panels inset into blackened-steel framing.

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Custom-designed furnishings include a wood-and-steel dining table and a glass-topped coffee table in the living area. The interiors and lawn are accented with the clients’ extensive art collection, a mix of paintings and sculptures by Pacific Northwest artists.

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Brook Bay Residence on Mercer Island – Building Information

Design team
Rick Sundberg (Principal-in-Charge and Lead Designer while at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen), Misun Chung Gerrick (Project Architect)

Consultant team
This project was completed by Rick Sundberg while a principal at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen)

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island

Mercer Builders (Contractor)
12th Avenue Iron (Blackened Steel)
Lambert Tile and Marble (Stone)
NW Building Tech (Cabinets)
Specialty Metals (Copper Siding)

House diagram – sketch by the architect:

Brook Bay house on Mercer Island

Custom elements:

Coffee Table (custom-designed by Rick Sundberg; fabricated by Steven Heino)
End Table/Stand (custom-designed by Rick Sundberg; fabricated by Weld and Glue)
Art (Nancy Mee, Dennis Evans, Julie Spiedel, Belle Sanford)
Chinese Doors (1827, from Kyoto Arts and Antiques)
Carved Calligraphy (excerpt from a portion of the Confucian Canon)
Dining table (custom-designed by Rick Sundberg; fabricated by Steve Clark)
Front door (custom-designed by Rick Sundberg; fabricated by Steve Clark)
Chandelier (custom-designed by Rick Sundberg and Thom Schultz)

New house on Mercer Island

Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

Brook Bay Residence, Mercer Island images / information received 201217

Location: Brook Bay, Mercer Island, Washington, USA 

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