AKA: Fauntleroy Residence, Fauntleroy, West Seattle, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Alchemie (firm); Suyama, George, Architect (firm); Swenson Say Faget Corporation (firm); Crocker (building contractor); Paul Faget (structural engineer); Bruce Hinckley (landscape architect); Daniel Say (structural engineer); George Suyama (architect); Gary Swenson (structural engineer)

Dates: constructed 2001-2003

1 story, total floor area: 2,100 sq. ft.

Fauntleroy, West Seattle, Seattle, WA

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The architect, George Y. Suyama, and his wife, Kim, purchased the house and property from Sigrid R. Karlstrom in 1998. Work began on this 1-story (plus basement) house in 11/2001; a 550-square-foot cabin previously existed on the site; the Suyamas lived in the cabin while constructing their house. Later, the architect preserved the cabin as a guest house in the final design. Originally planned to contain 4,000 square feet, the Suyama House ultimately enclosed only 1,800. At this time, the architect and his wife were discovering the importance of minimizing their surroundings. Suyama collaborated with landscape architect Bruce Hinckley, and his firm, Alchemie on the design of the grounds. Seattle engineering firm of Swenson Say Faget worked as Strucutral Engineers; Crocker Construction was the General Contractor, working with Brian Hood Lighting; David Derrer, Chris Haddad, Carl Mahaney, Kevin Miyamura, Matt Scholl and Jeff King comprised the Suyama Peterson Deguchi Project Team.

The American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter presented the Fauntleroy (Suyama) House with an Honor Awards in 2003; the house occupies a 50-foot-wide, 250-foot long lot in West Seattle. Writer Lawrence Cheek and a Seattle Met magazine panel included the Suyama House as one of the 10 best in Seattle history; he observed of the residence in 2012: "Suyama orchestrated the house as a procession; it's meant to reveal itself as a sequence. From an anonymous face to the street that reveals nothing, you proceed through a covered outdoor living room--usable even in January, the Suyamas report--into a long, narrow great room with a view of Puget Sound off the west end. Descending the stairs to bedroom, den and finally wine cellar, the procession becomes a vertical Z, ending with the feeling of having arrived in a medieval catacomb. Cascading water channels flow outside the north, mostly glass walls, the constant burbling enhancing the sense of the house as a serene, self-contained world." (See Lawrence Cheek, "Seattle's 10 Greatest Homes," Seattle Met, 01/2012, p. 42.)