Art and architecture. Kids and collections. The melding of these four themes created a house like no other in the Pacific Northwest. The extraordinary home has been praised in the pages of Elle Decor.
The property has come to be known as “Art Haus,” a collaboration between art collectors Craig and Linda Fiebig and the forward-thinking Vandeventer + Carlander Architects.
The Fiebigs wanted the ideal spot to raise their four kids and display their art.
They planned to simply renovate the home they had bought in 1997 for $1,275,000, located on a leafy corner lot near Lake Washington. But the renovation went awry, Linda told Elle Decor, and they decided to tear the whole thing down and start anew.
The project took seven years and was completed in 2006. One look at the listing photos, and you can see it was worth every bit of time and expense. It’s a house unlike any other.
A glass entryway gives you a peek of the art inside. The dwelling consists of two parallel, rectangular boxes and a glass-ceilinged atrium in between.
There are five bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The interior spaces are filled with light and flexible for use for living or entertaining. Almost everywhere you look, there are prime spaces to display a collection of artwork.
The home was constructed from Cor-Ten steel, cedar blocks, glass, wood, and aluminum. The patios and porches are flagstone and cement.
It’s described as “modern industrial” in style, yet everything, everywhere you look, is bathed in color, and the organic materials add a sense of warmth.
More family-oriented spaces exist in the home as well, including the game/media room downstairs. The lower level cleverly receives natural light through the glass floor of the atrium above.
The home is nestled in the Washington Park neighborhood of Seattle, but it’s close to Madison Park, the Arboretum, and many other city staples.
You might wonder, after so much work and thought, how the owners could part with their unparalleled creation.
“All four children are grown and out of the home. Their time there had run its course, and they would love for a new owner to enjoy it now,” says listing agent Shawna Ader, of Windermere Real Estate Midtown.
You also might query if the furniture and some of the artwork might be included in the listing price.
“It’s not,” says Ader, “but the seller may consider selling a few of the larger pieces, as the home was built to house them.”