Tucked away on a quiet, wooded Kent hillside is a hidden gem: a 1959 midcentury modern stunner by Paul Hayden Kirk. Like other acclaimed architects of the era, Kirk was known for sleuthing out wooded pockets to build homes that use unadorned, natural materials to complement the natural wonders around them. In this case, it’s wrapped in glass, letting the forest serve as the outer walls.
Sometimes, Northwest midcentury is so tangled with the setting that it can come out looking unassuming, even boring. While this home is immeasurably enhanced by its surroundings, it stands alone as gorgeous, too. Darkly stained wood beams create a frame for a peaked roof that extends out to create a shady back porch.
Inside, the exposed beams create the aesthetic of a cabin without roughing it—and it’s only been altered as necessary to keep everything polished and functional. The seclusion of the setting allow for for the upper floor to be almost completely encased in glass without sacrificing privacy.
The home—architectural prestige and all—is listed for $550,000.
- An Urban Living Listing: a Pristine Paul Hayden Kirk [Urban Living]