From Pines to Pools, An Ultra-Modern Seattle Home

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Suspended in Lake Washington, between Seattle and Bellevue, sits Mercer Island. Home to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most luxurious estates — with waterfront properties running for upwards of $30 million — the island slowly climbs to a pinnacle of elevation. There, nestled in the hills, overlooking the needle of the Seattle skyline, is where one finds a very unique property: Mercer Island Modern.

Designed by Garret Cord Werner, the two-level home has three bedrooms, and is divided by multiple bodies of water and two bridges, one of which is open to the elements while the other is tucked inside of the home.

When entering the home from the driveway, visitors pass by the first main design element: a reflective water feature. “The experience of walking up to and over water, both inside and outside of the home, creates a dramatic and tranquil feeling that one rarely experiences inside a residential building,” says Werner in a statement to Dezeen.

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Once inside, the interior bridge, which is enclosed by glass, leads to the living room, kitchen and dining room, all created with an open-concept design in mind. The walls of glass open onto the Seattle landscape, with a terrace extending to the east of the property.

In the center of the home, a lap pool roughly divides the main living areas from the master bedroom — complete with a private walkway and terrace that captures the beautiful views of Lake Washington below.

The final water design element is a jacuzzi with an infinity edge, creating the illusion that the water from the edge of the spa spills out onto the Seattle horizon. 

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