Guest house by Paul Hayden Kirk in Seattle

Kawana Kirk

Kirk End Elevation

Kirk Bloedel

Flickr photos by Ken McCown, a designer and professor of architecture and landscape design. This is a beautiful Japanese-influenced guest house by architect Paul Hayden Kirk (1914-1995) at the Bloedel Reserve in Seattle. It seems to be halfway between a Case Study house and a traditional Japanese farmhouse. Kirk, who produced many important buildings in Seattle, had built in the international style in the 1950s but began to feel it was “an imposition on the land” and he subsequently moved toward the warmer modernism evident here. The guest house is said to contain pieces by George Nakashima, and the beautiful japanese garden was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana.

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