• Lake Union Float Home in Seattle, Washington by Designs Northwest Architects.

    Credit: Courtesy Designs Northwest Architects

    Lake Union Float Home in Seattle, Washington by Designs Northwest Architects.

The Float Home is situated on Lake Union, and inhabits what was one of the last unoccupied slips.The Seattle Houseboat and Float Home community is unique: the residents share access and live in close proximity to one another, yet there is a community diversity that is unrivaled. The straightforward ideals of the home called for a simple layout. The lower floor was kept open by keeping all solid structure on the exterior walls. The stair that connects the lower floor to the upper is centrally supported with a single wide flange and allows sight lines to remain intact. The whole level connects to the exterior by way of glass overhead doors.

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