Situated on the eastern edge of Case Inlet in Washington state, this impressive 20-acre property by MW Works Architecture + Design is an escape from reality that already has more than one award to its name. Full-height windows, skylights, and extensive decking not only offer breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and nearby Olympic Mountains, but also blur the line between inside and out. Designed as a low-maintenance “cabin,” the property boasts a variety of clean and simple design features.
Anchored by a weathered cedar clad bedroom wing, a bold concrete cantilever projects the living and dining areas into the dense forest and towards the view, while an ipe deck emerges from the kitchen into an open meadow to the south. A flat roof that hovers high above the living spaces helps to create the illusion that you are sitting outdoors amongst the forest. Going one step further, a large opening in the master bath opens the space up completely to the Puget Sound.
In addition to its simple yet rugged design, the house features benefits from natural daylighting and passive ventilation that provide all the light and air a family could need. Measuring in at 2800-square-feet, the retreat’s floor is anything but modest, even though its difficult to deny the beauty of the finished product. So far, the house has won the AIA Honor Awards for Washington 2012 Merit Award, and the AIA Design Awards Pacific Region 2012 Citation Award. [photography by Jeremy Bittermann]