AKA: Wood Research House, Norwood Village, Bellevue, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Kirk, Paul Hayden, FAIA and Associates (firm); Pearson and Associates, Building Contractors (firm); Paul Hayden Kirk (architect); Arthur Pearson (building contractor); Eric Pearson (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1960-1961

1 story, total floor area: 1,600 sq. ft.

Norwood Village, Bellevue, WA

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Building History

Seattle architect Paul Hayden Kirk (1914-1995) designed this house in association with a plywood industry research organization and Living for Young Homemakers magazine. Pearson and Associates, Building Contractors, of Bellevue, erected the dwelling.

Building Notes

Four hyperbolic paraboloid structures were constructed in wood to form the roof. According to an article in the NAHB Journal of Homebuilding: "The house is supported by four posts, which in turn support laminated wood beams. This skeleton is encased with curtain walls of a new wood product. The hyperbolic paraboloid roof is structurally independent." (See "Odd-Shaped Houses: A House on 4 Posts," NAHB Journal of Homebuilding, 15: 1, 01/1961, p. 122.)

PCAD id: 13505