Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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PRO-FILE D Photo: Mark Woods Photography Photo: Courtesy Robert Hutchinson Architecture Photo: Courtesy Robert Hutchinson Architecture Above: The firm's client for House for a Mother and Daughter wanted a pitched roof—and not the "almost-flat roof" other architects tried to give her. The form elicited strong associations for her, imbuing the new building with important connections to the past. No one would look at the work of Seattle-based Robert Hutchinson Archi- tecture and call it traditional in style. But the firm is especially open to considering the needs and wishes of its clients. Some- times those wishes are more emotional than tangible; sometimes they have more to do with the past than the present. Such was the case with House for a Mother and Daughter. "The mother is an artist and is tapped into the symbolic meaning of things," Rob Hutchinson explains. "She came to us and said, 'I need a gable roof.' She held up her hands to form a triangle, and said, "I want a New England gable roof and square windows." She did not want the almost-flat roofs other architects wanted to give her. We're open to working with people in whatever way works best." Rob, too, is tapped into the symbol- ic meaning of things and the profound emotions that architecture can elicit. He's just back from a six-month stint at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, thanks to winning a slot in this year's prestigious Rome Prize program. The prize is a paid Memory Work ROBERT HUTCHINSON ARCHITECTURE SEATTLE Above: Robert Hutchinson. VOL. 4, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM 17

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