We formed Eggleston|Farkas Architects as a collaborative practice in 1999. Honored by numerous awards and publications, our work has been called “sleek, aesthetic, and highly livable – contemporary designs that remain sensitive to the Northwest.” The projects that we choose to work on are those that lend themselves to personal attention from conception to completion. The integrity and consistency of each project is strengthened by our active involvement in landscape and interior design as complements to the architecture.
E|FA starts each project by documenting the factors that influence a building’s design. Broadly speaking, these factors are the client’s program and budget, building site, construction practices, and building regulations. The heart of the early design process is generating a strong concept that addresses all the factors while highlighting the most important ones. By generating a strong concept, the design team creates a critical framework for the entire project.
While each project is a unique response to its site and the owner’s aspirations, clarity and an economy of means are principles that inform every design. The work is elemental, not ornamental. It is simple, not in the stylistic sense that “less is more,” but rather that nothing has become superfluous and that details have not emerged in conflict with the central design intent.
This attention to concept and detail, aspirations and budget, imagination and realities, allows Eggleston|Farkas Architects to create work that the AIA Honor Awards jury has called “rigorously legible, a modest and elegant expression in an exciting but calm and disciplined new voice.”
Livable spaces are more than functional – they are comfortable, inviting, warm. Our favorite client complaint came when we designed a house with too many good places to settle in and read a book – how could she choose? Livability is also in room layouts – rooms that can be furnished properly – and in the details. Understated details that on closer inspection show that someone thought things through, resolved the intersections and corners, so it all fits comfortably in place.
Modern, contemporary (or Northwest contemporary), rational, minimalist. To be honest we don’t really know what to call it. We just don’t think it’s right to try to design an Italianate villa in Seattle or mimic 1920’s arts & crafts details when we’re much closer to the 2020’s. We know there are architects out there who can do it (and even do it well), but it’s just not us. We want each of our projects to be unique. It’s what our clients expect and it keeps things interesting for us. There are definitely recurring qualities in our work, but we don’t want to end up with a specific Eggleston|Farkas “look”. Rather, we hope all our projects have an Eggleston|Farkas “attitude”.
Design isn’t only about aesthetics. It’s about balancing all the factors that come into play – the owner’s needs, site fit, codes and regulations, budget, environment, mechanical and electrical systems, constructibility, durability, and on and on. And aesthetics.
When we received our first AIA awards, the jury called our work “sleek, aesthetic, and highly livable”. We think that the “livable” part is something we do particularly well, so we appropriated it for our tagline: livable.modern.design.
So, if you’re looking for an architect and like the work in our portfolio, please stop by, drop us an email, give us a call (206.283.0250), or use the contact form below. We can meet, see if there’s a good personality fit, give you some preliminary feedback on your proposed project, or just tell you a little more about who we are, what we do, and how we do it. If you’re still in doubt, ask to talk to some of our past clients – definitely the best marketing department any architect could ask for.
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