Passwort vergessen

Concrete outside, warm inside

Coates Design Architects - Dorsey Residence - Bainbridge Island

  • © Courtesy Coates Design
  • © Courtesy Coates Design
  • © Roger Turk / Northlight Photography
  • © Roger Turk / Northlight Photography
  • © Roger Turk / Northlight Photography
  • © Roger Turk / Northlight Photography
(Not) A concrete building: One would not expect a lot of glass and wood in this house at first sight...

Two concrete walls enclose the Dorsey Residence single-family house. Only few windows open towards the street. But behind the concrete walls, one encounters something entirely different: a bright home made of wood and glass.


Panorama Design


The two-storied dwelling house by Coates Design Architects consists of a slightly twisted cube between two powerful walls. The view from the premises at the surrounding landscape is optimally staged by this twist. Both concrete walls shield the building like a barrier from the street behind them, and function as a thermal mass.

The building is situated on Bainbridge Island in the northwest of the US state of Washington. The island is also a town with 20.000 citizens – known for its 150 kilometres long branched Puget Sound. The property of the Dorsey Residence offers a view at the coastline and the Olympic Mountains.

The architects wanted to stage the view at nature individually in every individual room. Therefore, the southwest façade consists of a combination of several windows that reflect the residential premises behind. Special attention was paid to the living room: from there, the residents may access the large balcony. A lot of glass is supposed to create a strong connection between inside and outside.

Since only a small part of the plot of land was permitted for building, the architects maximized the options by a room arrangement on two floors. This, however, fitted into the concept of a dwelling house with a good outlook.


Completion: october 2011

You need to login or register to post comments.
This comment will automatically be synchronized on social networks.
Gustavo Portela

Paula Molina

21. October 2013 - 18:12
Sonia Regina Ca...

Fe, tem como traduzir????rsrsrs

21. October 2013 - 20:53
Mitchel Johnson

..0027...View Our New Page Here Beautiful Houses in USA

21. October 2013 - 21:15
Susana Chemes

Me encanto¡¡¡¡¡It´s wonderful,

22. October 2013 - 5:37
Brown Harris

22. October 2013 - 10:47
Enrique Cosío Tejero

soy creativo de cuatro novedosos sistemas constructivos con eco tecnologías de vanguardia donde el concreto con acero de refuerzo electro soldado, es el material principal.

22. October 2013 - 21:11
Brown Harris

22. October 2013 - 10:47

login to post comments