The Colman Triplex is a minimalist house design located in Seattle. This house was design by Workshop for Architecture | Design collaborated Christiane Pein and LairDesign as interior designer. This house has views of downtown Seattle across a park that lies both to the east and north. To allow each dwelling to inhabit a specific portion of the site, the sloping topography was reshaped into two distinct levels. The Colman Trilpex designed direct access to landscape and exterior space with exploration of the exterior cladding screen. Visit Workshop for Architecture | Design website or read architects description after the images.
From The Architects
…Within a primary box-like form the design team responded to budget and strict land use limitations on building height and lot coverage to configure three separate dwellings that each provides direct and visual access to landscape and exterior space. The frame is secondary to the spatial organization and connections of each dwelling and is therefore concealed within the non-load bearing walls.Through operations of subtraction, larger scale spatial relationships are made between interior and exterior spaces. These operations create both apertures, openings that provide daylight and visual connections between inside and out, and porches, or habitable covered exterior space. A broad horizontal array of windows connects the upper dwelling’s main living space to the sky and distant view. A private interior light-well brings daylight and a private landscape into the master bathroom. Entry porches, similar to the historical fabric of neighborhood, both buffer and connect the adjacent park to the open living spaces….