Regional Modern: Seattle's Modern Homes Feature Spectacular Views

Editor's Note: The Regional Modern series focuses on the regional differences in modern and contemporary architecture, countering the impression that "modern" means universal and placeless. In photo tours from Manhattan to Malibu, see how today's innovative homes are influenced by climate, environment, and culture, becoming both private oases and part of a larger landscape we all share.

My Regional Modern series now moves to the West Coast, the home of Houzz and therefore a good deal of the houses on the website. We start in the Northwest, in Seattle, a city that is "blessed with a setting unsurpassed in natural splendor by any other city in the country," according to Sally Woodridge and Roger Montgomery in their Guide to Architecture in Washington State.

This assertion, and the high-quality architecture that embraces these natural conditions, makes me want to visit, but a virtual visit will have to do for now. Which is OK, since one contention of this series is that browsing modern and contemporary houses in a particular region allows for an adequate reading of the place. A visit is always necessary for gaining understanding via experience, but architectural expression is a valuable way of knowing what makes a place unique.


More Regional Modern entriesAustin | Boston | New York City | Metro New York | Chicago

Presented by

John Hill is a New York City-based architecture writer for Houzz.com.

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

Video

Playing An Actual Keyboard Cat

A music video transforms food, pets, and objects into extraordinary instruments.

Video

Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

Video

The Man Who Built a Forest Larger Than Central Park

Since 1979, he has planted more than 1,300 acres of trees.

More in National

Just In