Gosline House

Seattle, Washington

The Gosline Residence stretches along a narrow sloping site pitching toward views of an arboretum and the distant Cascade Mountains. The building is positioned to preserve two major trees, a madrona and a large Deodar cedar.

The owners of this small house, a retired software developer turned African botanist, and a mental health chaplain, were particularly open-minded and enthusiastic about encouraging an architecture that would reveal both the natural qualities of its urban landscape and the nature and assembly of its basic building materials. The entry sequence draws one to a tall living space overlooking the sunlit arboretum landscape.

A spine of steel channels and columns extends the entire length of the house projecting through its face to support two private decks. Wood studs are often left exposed or are revealed behind plywood panels. Screens of cedar framing and polycarbonate glazing stretch along the edges of the carport, extending into the building and, combined with the steel spine, pull one inside and through to the long views. A tracery of horizontal flashing bands and fasteners pattern the house's exterior skin.

Thought of as a Pacific Northwest 'Case Study House', the Gosline Residence reveals the particular nature of its site, its owners, and the materials with which it is made.


2003 Design Award
Chicago Athenaeum
2003 Merit Award
Residential Architect
2002 Honor Award
AIA Northwest & Pacific Region
2002 Design Citation Award
Wood Design and Building
2000 Award of Merit for Design
AIA Seattle
2000 Home of the Month
AIA Seattle/The Seattle Times
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