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Incredible Amalgamous Tower House by David Coleman Architecture


A beautiful home in Seattle with a three story tower added to the original single story building, featuring great views of Lake Union and of the Seattle skyline.

Living room with view of courtyard.

Welcome to our gallery featuring the incredibly unique Tower House by David Coleman Architecture.

This one-of-a-kind home is located in Seattle, Washington, on a typical urban lot. The home is a mixture of a preserved existing structure and a brand new 3 story tower.

The existing structure forms the main-floor living area, with the exception of the living room, which is located instead on the first floor of the new construction tower.

The two structures are connected by the northwest corner of the original structure, and this defines two outdoor courtyards: one public, and one private.

Entry to the home is through the public front courtyard, while the secondary, private courtyard is located between the two buildings, visible only from the rear of the home.

The addition of the tower nearly doubles the size of the home, and contains the entirety of the two-floor master suite, two additional bedrooms, and a shared full bath.

At the very top of the structure is a rooftop patio that has an incredible view. To reach this hidden gem, the owners must climb a wooden ladder located in the master bedroom and exit through a glass hatch. Once at the top of the home, the owners have a great view of Lake Union and of downtown Seattle.

The home is an adaptive piece of architecture that combines the old with the new to create a wholly unique structure that is tailor made for the family.

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David Coleman Architecture is an award-winning design firm specializing in residential, commercial, and institutional projects. Each of their projects is centered on sustainability and innovative design work, and each project is tailored to the client’s needs, desires, and personalities.

David Coleman Architecture provides a premium service from their small studio, which allows them to select the projects they can best apply their skill to, and give their clients special, personal attention.

They offer a full service package, including interior design, landscape design, and furniture selection in addition to, of course, architectural design.

We hope you’ll enjoy this incredible amalgam of an older building and a newly constructed modern tower.

Photography: Ben Benschneider
General Contractor: Cambridge Custom Homes, Norm Gove
Structural Engineer: MLA Engineering, PLLC

 

Even from the entryway, the front courtyard is incredibly private, as is the wood-encased tower. Large windows offer a peek into the upstairs hallway and the small breezeway

Even from the entryway, the front courtyard is incredibly private, as is the wood-encased tower. Large windows offer a peek into the upstairs hallway and the small breezeway.

Upon entering the home, guests are greeted by an open-concept floor plan that includes a sitting area and the dining room as shown above. The rich hardwood table is surrounded by minimalist chairs. To the left is the family-style kitchen, which includes an entrance to the home office.

Upon entering the home, guests are greeted by an open-concept floor plan that includes a sitting area and the dining room as shown above. The rich hardwood table is surrounded by minimalist chairs. To the left is the family-style kitchen, which includes an entrance to the home office.

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On the first floor of the tower is the living room, which features a cozy rug, a large television, and a modern-style coffee table. Visible over the half-wall is the stairwell to the next floor.

On the first floor of the tower is the living room, which features a cozy rug, a large television, and a modern-style coffee table. Visible over the half-wall is the stairwell to the next floor.

As we climb the stairs to the next floor, we can see the large sectional of the living room, along with a peek into the secondary, more private courtyard, which also includes a storage shed.

As we climb the stairs to the next floor, we can see the large sectional of the living room, along with a peek into the secondary, more private courtyard, which also includes a storage shed.

This view from the secondary courtyard reveals a stone fire pit and an abundance of seating. Tall plants and trees ensure privacy and an abundance of shade.

This view from the secondary courtyard reveals a stone fire pit and an abundance of seating. Tall plants and trees ensure privacy and an abundance of shade.

Continuing up the stairs, we can see the large seamless windows that start to reveal the view of the lake and of downtown Seattle. Visible from this angle is the lovely string-like globe light centered between the two stairwells.

Continuing up the stairs, we can see the large seamless windows that start to reveal the view of the lake and of downtown Seattle. Visible from this angle is the lovely string-like globe light centered between the two stairwells.

The third floor features the top half of the master suite--the master bedroom. Minimalist features,like a bench with stacked stone supports, a butterfly chair, and a bold piece of modern art are the focal points of the room.

The third floor features the top half of the master suite–the master bedroom. Minimalist features,like a bench with stacked stone supports, a butterfly chair, and a bold piece of modern art are the focal points of the room.

On the other side of the bed is a small wooden ladder that leads to a glass hatch to the rooftop patio, which has the best views in the house.

On the other side of the bed is a small wooden ladder that leads to a glass hatch to the rooftop patio, which has the best views in the house.

The rooftop patio has a high balustrade, dark decking, and a variety of nebulous modern seating in white. From the roof, we can see a large bridge, the lake, and the city skyline.

The rooftop patio has a high balustrade, dark decking, and a variety of nebulous modern seating in white. From the roof, we can see a large bridge, the lake, and the city skyline.

From this angle, we can see the top of the third floor and the rooftop patio. The lot is heavily forested, and the treetops obscure much of the tower, preserving the owner's privacy in the glass-wrapped home.

From this angle, we can see the top of the third floor and the rooftop patio. The lot is heavily forested, and the treetops obscure much of the tower, preserving the owner’s privacy in the glass-wrapped home.

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