Hidden Cove by Stuart Silk Architects

Hidden Cove is a project designed by Stuart Silk Architects. This large wooded site is on a small bay on Lake Washington in the Washington Park neighborhood of Seattle. The parcel enjoys sweeping views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains was well suited for our client’s collection of specimen trees. Photography by Aaron Leitz, John Granen


The client’s dream was to find a waterfront property with perfect exposure that would allow them to build a garden that could accommodate these woodland treasures. Loving the calming effect of water—outings rowing along its shores, and viewing the nearby eagles, otters, and blue herons—the couple was fond of Japanese gardens because of their serenity and beauty. For over twenty years they had amassed an impressive collection of plants which they lovingly cared for and painstakingly pruned, consistent with the traditions of Japanese landscaping. For them, the garden was as important as the home. “The priceless collection of trees,” notes landscape architect Richard Hartlage, “are used as nature-inspired sculpture. The garden was designed and organized to feature these magnificent specimens.”

Architecture: Stuart Silk Architects
Interior Architecture & Finish Selections: Stuart Silk Architects
Interior Furnishings: Sechrist Design
Landscape Architecture: Land Morphology
Construction: Mercer Builders
Structural Engineer: Quantum Consulting Engineers
Civil: D.R. Strong Consulting Engineers
Waterproofing: B.E.E. Consulting, LLC

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