When AIA/Seattle Medal of Honor winning architect George Suyama designs a house for someone else, we tend to notice. When Suyama builds a house for himself, you better believe we want to know what went into it.
The noted architect designed the 3-BR, 2.5-bath home at 8809 Fauntleroy Way SW, known as 'Fauntleroy 1,' for himself and his family in 1988. So if you're a fan of his work, there's a good chance this place could be the ultimate distillation of his style.
Seattle Times writer Michael Upchurch once said of Suyama that his buildings have a "rhythmic momentum" and that "floor surfaces, walls, and ceilings form numerous planes that seem to float and harmonize within the house, without fully filling the space they occupy." Keep that in mind as you peruse the photos because all of that is backed up visually here.
The beachfront residence is just blocks from the ferry dock leading to Vashon and right next door to Suyama's Fauntleroy II home. West-facing you get all the requisite views of Puget Sound and the Olympics from your sandy perch.
Inside, Suyama's Japanese influences are everywhere as the home meshes wood, metal and organic materials. Multiple stairways and ladders invoke a sense of movement throughout. Exposed beams, big windows, and large wood doors all help to create the open-air style that runs through the entire place.
Listing Brokers are Chris Doucet and Jay Kipp of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.
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