Faban Point ResidenceThe dramatic cantilevered third floor, wrapped in Alaskan yellow cedar and trimmed in zinc is one of this Mercer Island residence’s most compelling features.
The floor sits atop a steel skeleton made of two large trusses – each 10 ft. tall by 45 ft. long – which are built into the wood-framed walls to carry the cantilever. Wide-flange beams and a series of steel straps provide the floor’s shear strength. A 90-ton, on-site crane was used to lift the massive steel package into place.
The complexity of the steel skeleton required creative, well-ordered routing of mechanical, electrical and plumbing ductwork throughout the 8,522 SF structure. The exterior cladding of the cantilever roof required significant scaffolding set-up, and detailed scribing of material intersections.
The Faban Point residence features many contemporary surfaces in their pure form. Exposed, board-formed concrete, exposed steel, cedar and ipê – along with glass and aluminum trim – are a few of the elements comprising the finished surfaces of the house. An impressive landscape design by Bruce Hinckley completes this contemporary residence. A two-level, lighted water feature crosses the property and runs the full length of the house. The lower courtyard is designed as a private oasis for the family, containing a raised lawn and is surrounded by shore pine trees and honey locusts.
Architect: E. Cobb Architects
Location: Mercer Island, Washinton