Ethereal Condo

Architect: OLSON KUNDIG
Photos: JEREMY BITTERMANN (1, 6-9), KEVIN SCOTT (2-5)

In its original form, this 23rd-floor condo did not live up to its potential: the white walls were bare bones, and the spectacular view across Elliott Bay was interrupted. We collaborated with architect Jim Olson of Olson Kundig to take full advantage of the views and introduce warm finishes, while maintaining a spare aesthetic.

We opened up the main space by eliminating a glass-enclosed atrium that interrupted the sweeping water view. Removing the atrium also opened up the kitchen. We refinished the wall that serves as a backdrop to the dining table with reflected glass layered over flamed stainless steel panels; the wall now reflects the view while introducing subtle hues of amber.

In the low entry corridor, we installed handcrafted shoji screens under a coved ceiling to create a warm and welcoming space before visitors are ushed into the expansive living and dining space. The sliding panels conceal what had been a direct view from the entry into the master bedroom.

A warm palette of finishes throughout and furniture pieces designed by Jim Olson combine with structural renovations to create a home that is both inviting and expansive.

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