This quiet cabin retreat is designed for family outings. Wittman Estes architecture It overlooks the Hood Canal of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. The design of this house is inspired by the native bird of prey. The retreat is essentially an expression of the "tactile modernity" that connects the family to the sensations and physical experiences of the Puget Sound ecosystem.
The modern cabin and sanctuary of this 1.13 acre jungle vacation are perched on a cliff overlooking Puget Sound. Floor-to-ceiling windows and straight canopies surrounded by lean steel columns combine to minimize structure and maximize the available view.
Avid bird watchers and naturalists, the owners wanted a family vacation that immersed them in the silence of the forest, capturing the delicate Washington sunshine and westward views of the Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains.
The vision was a retreat where the family – a couple with two grown children – could arrive together and celebrate their passion for being outside and connecting with the natural flora and fauna of the Hood Channel.
The project consists of three elements: 1) redesigning the footprint of the original cabin (20 x 20 inches), 2) expanding the cabin, and 3) adding a modern bedroom and bathroom to the north. The three structures are an ongoing series of interconnected experiences to celebrate family gatherings in natural light and fresh air.
Over: The entrance hall is a transparent connection between the sleeping wing and the main cabin.
Over: Tall skylights let you see the view outside while also giving natural light inside.
Over: One Murphy bed Cabin turns the living room into an additional bedroom.
The original cedar hut was built on the property in 1962. In this original dark and opaque hut, the owners felt isolated from nature. "We tried to remove the barriers between inside and outside, the forest, the garden and the building," says the architect.
Over: There is a grill in the main cabin that extends outward from the kitchen counter on the outdoor porch. The cedar deck offers breathtaking views of the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains.
Over: The main cabin has a transition window in the inside and outside kitchen, which extends the inside counter with a built-in wooden grill to the concrete outside counter.
Our beloved ones: This serene cabin provides a secluded getaway for a family to connect with nature and have a good time together. We love that there are separate structures for the family to have privacy, but also to arrive together for family meals and entertainment. Simple structures allow this family to connect with the environment. The result is a cabin that celebrates the beauty of nature through architecture.
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Over: Beams and exterior paneling salvaged from the original cabin have been redesigned as countertops and interior paneling. Simple details and a limited range of materials have reduced the construction budget to a minimum.
Over: Natural light is diffused into the interiors, including warm cedar panels and in-situ concrete, as well as minimalist details such as plywood walls and ceilings. The floors are made of fir wood.
Over: The master bathroom has a redesigned cast iron bathtub that offers a calm, al fresco bathing experience.
Over: A separate bunk bed in the accommodation provides additional sleeping areas.
The roughly sawn cedar cladding and the cement panel cladding on the outside eventually develop a natural patina that harmonizes the cabin with the tones of the surrounding forest.
PHOTOGRAPHER Andrew Pogue