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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Pacific Rim Estate

Medina, Washington

Semipublic and private spaces embed within the hillside of this narrow waterfront site overlooking Lake Washington.

Project Information




Honor Award for Design Excellence

National Honor Award

Invisible on approach, entry to the home is choreographed to provide a sensation of moving through the earth to discover the distant lake and mountains. A massive, curved wood retaining wall and canopy define the stone entry court that leads to reception spaces in the main house. At the lowest level, an indoor swimming pool overlooks a wetland and the lake. A stone and wood anteroom, with shower and sauna, precedes the light-filled pool space. Covered with grass, the pool’s roof is supported by timber framing; canted columns are positioned at its northeast corner to support the heaviest load of soil and logs.

Pacific Rim Estate was a joint venture of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cutler Anderson Architects.