Cedar House is a project designed by Graham Baba Architects. The owners of this mid-1970s house came to the design team looking to update and refresh their home without sacrificing the spirit of wood that makes it a quintessential example of its time. Originally designed by noted Pacific Northwest architect Ralph Anderson, the house sits high on a sloping site. Nestled into the heavily landscaped terrain, it serves as a quiet escape from what is an otherwise typical suburban location. The design challenge was to bring the house up to date without sacrificing its essential character; the solution was a two-track approach to the remodel. Public spaces—the entry and dining room, those areas most defined by their use of cedar—would receive a light touch, while private areas of the home—areas receiving the heaviest use and needing the most updates—would be modernized and updated for contemporary living. Throughout all areas, updates to the home were carefully considered to honor the original design. Photography by Haris Kenjar.
Built in 1914, the Smith Tower was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi upon its completion. No expense was spared in the construction of this ambitious 462-foot-tall building, with interiors finished in rich materials and ornate detailing. Today, this iconic figure in the Seattle skyline houses offices and commercial spaces topped by an observation deck on the 35th floor, and above that a one-of-a-kind two-story penthouse apartment tucked into the pyramid-shaped peak. The Penthouse at Smith Tower is a project designed by Graham Baba Architects. Photography by Tim Van Asselt
Lakeside Residence is a project designed by Graham Baba Architects. Originally built as a modest beachfront cabin in the 1960s, and subsequently modified through a series of piecemeal renovations, by the time our client acquired the house its design integrity had long ceased to exist. The forested property, however, was ideally suited to the creation of a quiet refuge with direct connections to nature. Photography by Kevin Scott.
Located in picturesque Pebble Beach, this vacation townhouse designed by Graham Baba Architects is for a couple who split their time between California, Washington, France, and Canada. The owners bought the house over twenty years ago but had done little to the residence since acquiring it. Outdated and poorly organized, the decision was to undertake a wholesale remodel, taking the house down to the studs and reworking how spaces are organized. Community association requirements meant the exterior character needed to be preserved, although a small interior courtyard was revised to better connect interior with exterior space. Photography by Aaron Leitz