Seattle-based studio Dempster Architecture has completed in 2011 this 2,260 square foot home is located in the Magnolia Park neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, USA.

The three-bedroom, three bathroom house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The most unique feature of this house is its use of a Bible Study as a starting point.

The Seedstore 425 Lakeview Residence by Dempster Architecture:

“The house is the result of a long collaboration with three wise elders. They understood the importance of using a Bible study in the making of a unique house. They understood that using any technique to create a unique space could lead to countless problems. They had a using of Scandinavian philosophy, music, and the fading sun. They thought of rolling up their sleeves and seizing the atmosphere they wanted for the process. They used the philosophy as a blank canvas which they then interpreted in the building process. They made sure that the space is continually updated, and that the project keeps its shape.

To begin the project, Dempster ran the stair rehearsal and saw the potential of the unusual space. Once it was accepted that the interior spaces would be transformed, we began the stone work. The flame which was created is a result of years of experimentation with various materials. Although its surface is a product of the experiments and imagination, its surface does not represent and affect the way we live or look at things. In short, its surface reflects an energetic interaction with light and its shape designs the shape of the light and its affect throughout the day and year.

We wanted a radiant, heart-centered experience of the building. We created zen-like calming meditations of light from inside the house which flow from the meditations. Snail through the house and experience light, air, and space come to mind. Light plays a major role in the process of design, and its role is to decorate the interior which is shaped by the passage of time.

The zen-inspired meditation room was planned as a place to meditate while looking outward, and reap blessing from the Lord (Shoji). The rooms emphasize a feeling of secure and safeliness, their color and material complementing the exterior Japanese-style garden and the cedar-wood cross-latticework.

The house is intended to be a home away from home for individuals seeking peace. It can be a place of prayer, a place of prayer, or a place for the entire family to come together.

Wood was a major source of materials for the project, and we used it in the form of the cedar planks used to create the ceiling.

When you enter the house, it is already apparent that the place is deep-set. The deep oak planks look like sculptural pieces that stand in contrast to the wide plank siding.

Great care was taken in how the use of materials would be felt throughout the house. It was obviously sourced from around the world, and the deep tones of the wood and the tiled floors define the space.”

Photos by: Simon Devitt

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