Vandeventer + Carlander used an inverted floor plan to fit in multiple outdoor spaces and a bedroom overlooking the water’s edge.

A rear view of the home shows the platform that runs along two sides, providing the opportunity to moor a small boat alongside the structure.

One of Seattle’s coveted floating homes is now up for grabs on Lake Union, with a choice waterfront position and unobstructed views of Gas Works Park. Designed by local architecture firm Vandeventer + Carlander, the structure makes the most of its location with a glass-fronted facade and east- and west-facing terraces.

Completed in 2016, this contemporary floating home on Seattle’s Lake Union was recently listed for sale. At nighttime, illuminated panels of channel glass define a corner of the facade, which is also clad in teak slats and low-maintenance ceramic panels.

Completed in 2016, this contemporary floating home on Seattle’s Lake Union was recently listed for sale. At nighttime, illuminated panels of channel glass define a corner of the facade, which is also clad in teak slats and low-maintenance ceramic panels.

Photo by Amaryllis Lockhart/Clarity NW Photography for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

The translucent channel glass illuminates the entryway with an abundance of natural light. A cantilevered staircase leads up to the living areas, while a hallway (not pictured) leads to the home’s bedrooms on this level.

The translucent channel glass illuminates the entryway with an abundance of natural light. A cantilevered staircase leads up to the living areas, while a hallway (not pictured) leads to the home’s bedrooms on this level.

Photo by Amaryllis Lockhart/Clarity NW Photography for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

The rectangular, two-story home is set on a concrete float that measures 24 feet wide by 44 feet long, and it has just over 1,600 square feet of interior space. Upstairs, a single open room contains the kitchen, as well as the living and dining areas—which connect to the two terraces via folding glass doors.

The home’s two bedrooms and two full bathrooms are located on the lower level. Rift-cut white oak floors run throughout the interior, as does built-in cabinetry made of white oak and afromosia, an African hardwood. 

A wall of afromosia cabinetry runs along one side of the upper level, providing ample storage for both the kitchen and dining area. Wood slats define the ceiling above the kitchen island and adjacent living area, while folding glass doors open onto the terraces.

A wall of afromosia cabinetry runs along one side of the upper level, providing ample storage for both the kitchen and dining area. Wood slats define the ceiling above the kitchen island and adjacent living area, while folding glass doors open onto the terraces.

Photo by Amaryllis Lockhart/Clarity NW Photography for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Jewel Box Floating Home on Seattle’s Lake Union Lists for $3.5M
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