Where the Duwamish headwaters meet Elliot Bay

Where the Duwamish headwaters meet Elliot Bay sits a magnificent specimen of architecture and building prowess – North Admiral Bluff House. Designed by Jim Olson, of famed Architecture firm Olson Kundig (at the time Olson-Sundberg-Kundig-Allen), to museum-quality specifications, to this day the home still delights the senses.

This long and shallow home is all about the views; where every room looks to the Seattle Skyline and the waters of Elliot Bay – making us crave a Seahawks game or witness a flying fish at Pike Place Market against the salt air.

The features of the home were rigorous requirements against the dramatic West Seattle hillside: architectural concrete walls and columns and the installation of 65 auger cast pilings to stabilize the steep foundation system.

The interiors echo traditional Japanese design including clean wood lines and interior rock beds which bring the natural world, inside. This eastern design element meets harmoniously with the Western-Seattle culture of glass art installations and countertops. This gave ample room for our team to flex their craftsmanship. Other interesting points include Venetian plaster, pneumatic doors, as well as state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical systems with integrated controls.

This home on the bluff provided desirable challenges to our team of craftsmen. And, as one can see, the ending product we produced is pure imagination becoming reality.