Lake Forest Park Renovation Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
Raised in the United States and Norway, Nils Finne established FINNE Architects in Seattle in order to bring a Scandinavian understanding of craft and landscape to the Pacific Northwest. The firm has practiced sustainable design for twenty-five years and completed over 50 residential projects, located in more than ten states. In addition, FINNE designs custom furniture, lighting, hardware, cabinets and other special accents such as front doors and mirror frames. These accent pieces provide a highly personal level of uniquely crafted design to the projects.
Dedicated to establishing a close personal relationship with each of his clients, Nils has chosen to keep his firm small; FINNE Architects comprises a staff between three and five people and takes on seven to ten projects at a time, finishing about three each year. By limiting the number of projects, Nils is able to maintain the acute attention to detail and thorough realization of each home’s overall aesthetic that so distinguish his work.
At FINNE Architects in Seattle, we have been practicing sustainable design for over twenty years. We are members of the Cascadia Green Building Council and we are LEED certified. We design every project to conserve resources by using passive heating and cooling, to maximize the use of natural light, and to employ sustainable building materials. Current work also includes active systems such as photovoltaic panels and ground-source heat exchangers.
Port Ludlow House: The Port Ludlow Residence is a compact, 2400 SF modern house located on a wooded waterfront property at the north end of the Hood Canal, a long, fjord-like arm of western Puget Sound. The house creates a simple glazed living space that opens up to become a front porch to the beautiful Hood Canal. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
CS Reading Room: A 1905 bungalow located about 25 miles east of Seattle, has been completely renovated in order to create a new Reading Room. The new Reading Room brings a frankly modern expression to the older building, creating an intriguing dialogue between past and present. All existing interior room partitions and ceiling beams were removed in order to carve out a large, open Reading Room, filled with natural light from new Douglas fir windows and generous ceiling light monitors. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
Fall City Renovation: The Fall City Renovation began with a farmhouse overlooking the Snoqualmie River, about 30 miles east of Seattle. The walls between the kitchen and dining room were removed, and a 25-ft. long addition to the kitchen provided a continuous glass ribbon around the limestone kitchen counter. The resulting interior has a feeling similar to a fire look-out tower. A custom island table was created using reclaimed elm planks and a blackened steel base, with inlaid limestone around the sink area. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
Mazama Cabin: The Mazama Cabin is located at the end of a beautiful meadow in the Methow Valley, on the east slope of the North Cascades Mountains in Washington State. The 1500 SF cabin is a weekend retreat, with a garage below and compact living space above. The roof is “lifted” by a continuous band of clerestory windows, and the upstairs living space has a large glass wall facing a beautiful view of the mountain face known locally as Goat Wall. Photo: Nils Finne
SKLI Fused Glass Pendant: The SKLI Pendant light fixture measures about 16”x16” and has a stainless lamp holder with cable supports for a sensuous plane of fused glass, with a texture reminiscent of wrinkled silk. The texture of the glass is made with hundreds of 1/16” glass rods that are placed on top of a clear base sheet, and then fused together in a kiln at high temperature. The lamp holder is a recycled stainless martini shaker! Lamping can be either 6 watt LED or 50 watt MR-16. Photo: Benjaminc Benschneider
TIND End Table: The TIND End Table is a small, eco-friendly table. The recycled steel top has been waterjet-cut with an intricate pattern that creates vivid light and shadow patterns. The shapes of the bamboo legs are determined by the patterning in the steel top, and each of the fourteen legs passes through the steel top and then is cut flush. Seen from above, the carbonized bamboo creates an arresting pattern that is juxtaposed against the other perforations in the steel. Every table needs fourteen legs! Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
Eagle Harbor Cabin: The Eagle Harbor Cabin is located on the shore of Lake Superior. The cabin has been broken into two discrete building pieces. The main living area has an open timber ceiling structure, with a simple shed roof and a 40-foot long glass wall toward the lake. Adjacent to the living area is a simple, 2-story “bedroom tower,” containing a children’s bedroom on the ground floor and the master bedroom on the second floor. Photo: Eric Hausman
Eagle Harbor Cabin Interior: The interior of the Eagle Harbor Cabin is dominated by the 40-ft. long glass wall facing Lake Superior. Locally sourced maple flooring unifies the space. A curvalinear maple screen wall creates a vestibule at the front door. Photo: Eric Hausman
Lake Forest Park Renovation: Lake Forest Park is a top-to-bottom renovation of a 50’s NW Contemporary house on a large, wooded site north of Seattle. The floor plan was altered to create an enlarged kitchen, master bedroom, master bath, and study. While the existing exposed wood ceiling was retained, large glass light monitors were added to bring natural light to the interior. Materials such as steel, cherry, natural grass resin panels, terrazzo, and Douglas Fir were used. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
Lake Forest Park Interior: The Lake Forest living area is surrounded by a wooded Pacific Northwest landscape. High clerestory windows bring soft natural light and ventilation. The custom Douglas fir front door has a dense pattern of "woven wood", creating a contrast to the adjacent large glass areas. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider