Located on a rocky, wind-swept south facing shoreline; this retreat home nestles into the landscape to harmonize with its surroundings and minimize exposure to weather. The home is a vacation retreat for a family of four, who desired a low-impact home with a strong connection to land and sea. The design solution utilizes a simple ‘wedge’ shape geometry, mimicking the hillside slope beyond, and is tucked into a natural depression in the shoreline in order to diminish its visual impact.
▼远观住宅，a distant view to the house © Sean Airhart
▼住宅外观，exterior view © Sean Airhart
▼南向海景，the living spaces open up to the sea on the south side © Sean Airhart
▼滑动门系统，the lift-slide door system © Sean Airhart
Living spaces open up completely on north (garden) and south (water) sides via a custom lift-slide door system. Bedrooms focus primarily on the more private, forested slope to the west and the kitchen opens onto an adjacent a rock promontory to the east. Due to the extreme weather exposure of the site, major openings are paired with rolling wall panels to protect them from punishing winter storms, as well as to provide security when unoccupied. The finish palette consists of local materials including douglas fir (floors, trim), western red cedar (siding, wall and ceiling cladding) and pacific madrone (furniture).
▼从花园望向起居空间，view to the living spaces from the garden © Sean Airhart
▼主起居空间，the main living area © Sean Airhart
▼户外平台，the outdoor deck © Sean Airhart
▼门窗搭配可滑动的墙板 © Sean Airhart
major openings are paired with rolling wall panels
▼厨房朝向东面的岩石岬角，the kitchen opens onto an adjacent a rock promontory to the east © Sean Airhart
▼起居室景观，view from the living room © Sean Airhart
▼可滑动墙板可在无人居住时提供安全保障，the rolling wall panels can provide security for the home when unoccupied © Sean Airhart
▼墙板细节，wall panel detailed view © Sean Airhart
▼卧室空间被设置在西面更为私密的森林斜坡上，Bedrooms focus primarily on the more private, forested slope to the west © Sean Airhart
The site is within the San Juan Islands National Monument, with extremely sensitive shorelines and marine environment. A clear understanding of near-shore ecology greatly impacted the design of the home. To avoid habitat loss for near-shore insects, a critical food source for endangered juvenile Chinook salmon, a garden roof seeded with native, drought tolerant vegetation has been utilized. This assembly replaces over 90% of the vegetative footprint lost to construction.
▼住宅顶部置入了一个种有本地耐旱植被的花园 © Sean Airhart
A garden roof seeded with native, drought tolerant vegetation has been utilized
▼花园硬景观，the garden landscape © Sean Airhart
With shallow soils, disruption to natural storm-water flow is also a critical issue. Poorly filtered runoff from roofs and other hard surfaces are a major water quality issue in the Islands. Our drainage design captures runoff along the up-slope footing and disperses it in an un-concentrated 1/1 ratio just downslope of the structure, replicating as closely as possible the pre-construction runoff condition.
▼户外用餐空间，outdoor dining area © Sean Airhart
▼房屋融入周围景观，the home nestles into the landscape to harmonize with its surroundings © Sean Airhart
▼南向视野，view to the south © Sean Airhart
Lastly, the firm worked to satisfy the program requirements as efficiently as possible in order to minimize structural footprint and massing. The result is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that feels much larger than its modest 1,600sf size would suggest.
▼住宅夜景，night view © Sean Airhart
▼户外篝火区，the fire pit © Sean Airhart
▼平面图，plan © Heliotrope Architects
▼剖面图，section © Heliotrope Architects
Architecture: Heliotrope Architects
Interior Furnishings: Ore Studios
Contractor: David Shore
Landscape Architecture: Garden Artisan
Structural Engineering: Swenson Say Faget
Photography: Sean Airhart