Meg Home

Location Seattle, Washington
Design Principal Tom Kundig

An expansive curve and a massive retractable window wall define the form of this contemporary urban residence. Perched on Queen Anne hill overlooking downtown Seattle and Puget Sound, Meg Home takes full advantage of its steeply sloped site with 180-degree views of the urban landscape below.

A two-story “guillotine” window wall physically opens the home to these sweeping views with the help of a hand-cranked wheel and three large counterweights. This sense of openness at the back of the home is juxtaposed against the respectful street scale at the front, where an intimate courtyard garden frames the entrance. Contrasts abound in this 6,050-square-foot home, with industrial architectural details including exposed, unfinished steel beams and plywood casework offsetting vintage interior furnishings and a custom-built, reclaimed fir dining table. Much like the outgoing yet reserved owner couple, Meg Home represents a delicate balancing act: between transparency and refuge, spare industrial modernity and inviting warmth.

Information

Design Principal

Tom Kundig

Project Manager

Angus MacGregor

Project Architects

Justin Helmbrecht Hayden Robinson

Interior Design

Debbie Kennedy

Publications

Gauer, James. “Steeling the Show.” Architectural Record, June 2017, 112-116. Print.

“Meg Home by Olson Kundig.” Architectural Record, June 2017. Web.

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