This new residence is located on a pristine site comprised of a mature douglas fir and pacific madrone forest, with occasional rocky clearings and several small ponds. Our clients desired a work of architecture that minimized site impacts while creating a work of architecture that utilized their favorite materials (wood and concrete) and connected them intimately with the land and the view. The home is situated where the forest gives way to a large rocky clearing with views to the sea. The structure is 'wrapped' around a prominent outcropping of rock and carefully situated to require a minimum of tree removal. The long, narrow footprint of the home allows every room a view of the sea while also retaining a strong connection to the surrounding forest.
Location: Orcas Island, WA
Building Area: 3,000sf
Photography: Sean Airhart, Ben Benschnieder
Merit Award – AIA NW & Pacific Honor Awards, 2011
Merit Award – AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, 2010