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Ellis Residence, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Ellis Residence, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

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    Lara Swimmer

    The shower at the room’s opposite end looks out on a quiet garden.

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    Roger Turk

    The master bath’s washing area occupies a linear space that angles away from the rest of the house’s floor plan, aligning two contrasting outdoor views.

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    Lara Swimmer

    A wall of glass at the sunken concrete soaking tub presents a vista of the Seattle skyline.

In the LEED Platinum-certified Ellis Residence, architect Matthew Coates says, he set out to prove “you don’t have to sacrifice high design if you go green.” True to that aim, the house’s master bath puts sustainable materials and energy efficiency at the service of a serenely contemplative experience. The cast-in-place concrete shower and soaking tub occupy opposite ends of the tubelike space, offering yin-yang views of a private garden and the Seattle skyline, respectively. Fir plywood paneling and fir millwork supply visual warmth, while a hydronic system in the concrete floor, shower pan, and tub provide the literal variety. Our jury noted the appealing contrast between garden and city views, calling the room “a tour de force of inside/outside.” Said one judge, “it feels so private ... but still has a connection to the outdoors.”


Entrant/Architect: Coates Design Architects, Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Builder: Smallwood Design and Construction, Bainbridge Island; Living space: 275 square feet (bath only); Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Lara Swimmer.


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