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Norway Hills

Location: Bothell, WA

Size: 15,696 SF (Overall project area)

Cost: $189/SF

Completed: 2001

Photography: James Frederic Housel

Selected as a Seattle Times/AIA Home of the Month and the AIA/Seattle Times 2001 Home of the Year, these four speculative residences were constructed on 1-1/2-acre sites in Bothell, Washington. Each courtyard residence opens to gardens and private greenspaces.

Landscaped circular courtyards screened with stone gabion walls link four simple pavilions and provide private green space. The Norway Hills residences offer flexible, simple living space intimately connected with the surrounding land as an alternative to the “Street of Dreams”.


Three pavilions housing living, dining, kitchen, bedrooms and garages are linked; a fourth pavilion provides flexible space for a home office, workshop, playroom, or a “mother-in-law”. Glass window walls and deep trellis canopies extend interior space into the courtyards. All four residences feature vaulted ceilings, kid’s lofts, and interior windows and skylights.


The four houses were distinguished with a pallet of natural materials including Douglas Fir, birch, pine and mahogany paneling and woodwork. Rhodes Architecture + Light carefully lit the interiors complementing the extensive daylight the designs brought in.

Norway Hills was selected as a Seattle Times / AIA Open House and featured in the Seattle Time; the project was selected from 14 award-winning houses as the Home of the Year and featured in Pacific Northwest Magazine. Norway Hills was also selected for a IIDA award for excellence in residential lighting and efficient energy use. The Norway Hills project is one of the defining projects for our team of Seattle residential architects and helps influence the custom home designs we continue to create.

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