Three Creative Talents. Integrated Design Synergies.

Hill House bears witness to the collaboration of three creative powerhouses – the architects who designed the structure, the interior designer for whom the house was built, and the visionary landscape architect who informally guided plant selection. Each contributed a particular, highly articulated point of view. Their sum is the kind of magic that only artistic collaboration, when it really, really works, can generate – and only rarely for a residence priced far lower than those they typically collaborate on.

“Rigorously legible, a modest and elegant expression in an exciting but calm and disciplined new voice.” So commended by the AIA Honor Awards Committee, the small and collaborative Seattle-based architectural practice of John Eggleston and Allan Farkas believes in clarity and economy of means. Their work is elemental, not ornamental. They spent one full year on the (pre-construction) design of Hill House, working closely with their clients Steven Hensel and Patrick Jennings. (Steven also served as the project’s interior designer.)

To learn more, visit eggfarkarch.com

Selected projects

  • Fort Ward Bunker House, Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Meadow Creek House, Seattle, WA
  • Nighthawk Retreat, Eastern Cascade Foothills, WA
  • Mathieson Residence, Seattle, WA
  • Boat Bay House, Seattle, WA
  • Little Creek House, Eugene, OR
  • Methow Cabin, Winthrop, WA
  • Seola Beach House, Seattle, WA
  • Parks Residence (in collaboration w/ Steven Hensel), Seattle, WA

Selected awards and publications

  • Best of Houzz, Houzz
  • fab40 USA, Wallpaper*
  • Top 50 Northwest Architects, Northwest Home
  • Seattle’s Top Architects, Northwest Home + Garden
  • Seattle 100: The People, Places, and Things that Define Seattle Design, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles
  • Design Achievement Award for Architecture, Seattle Design Center + Seattle Homes & Lifestyles

Trained as a fine artist, Steven Hensel creates sleek, contemporary, nature-inspired interiors, furniture and textiles. His esthetic shares with Eggleston Farkas’s a love of tranquility and a distaste for the superfluous. His work is never minimalist or cold but pared down to reveal an organic core – as evidenced by his own house, which he characterizes as a true labor of love. Founded in Seattle, his studio serves clients all over the world. Recent projects include penthouses and townhouses in London, New York and San Francisco and waterfront homes in the Hamptons, Lake Tahoe and Hawaii. Steven is the record holder for winning the most first-place design awards at the Northwest Design Awards. He has appeared twice on HGTV.

To learn more, visit henseldesignstudios.com

Selected projects


Selected awards and publications

  • Publisher’s Choice Award (SH&L) Regional (2011)
  • Gold Nugget Award, Western US (2010)
  • Lake Tahoe Quarterly’s Mountain Home Award Regional (2010)
  • Western Interiors Gold List, National (2009)
  • Seattle 100: The People, Places And Things That Define Seattle Design, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Regional (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)

Steven Hensel remembers: “David Adams was an important colleague and great friend to me for many years before he passed.  While we were planning Hill House he gave us much inspiring advice. Most importantly he encouraged us to buy the most mature trees possible so that they would be in scale with the structure from day one.  We took that advice and because of it Hill House enjoys not just the obvious beauty but especially the privacy that they provide.”

To learn more, visit rdalandscapes.com

“The best outdoor rooms are as comfortable and inviting as any room indoors. Create a comfort zone – a place surrounded by vegetation and pleasing to the eye. Use dropping water or even a theaterlike sound system to mask unpleasant noise, and furniture that’s as cozy as indoor furniture.”

– R. David Adams

To learn more, visit rdalandscapes.com

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