The residence was designed to not only fit into the flora and topography of this west-facing property, but also to reveal the power and elegance of those features.
In order to achieve this goal, the building was fitted into the contours and around the existing cedar and maple trees. This rendered the building less of a discernable object and more of a choreography of spaces that display the nature and quality of the views, the materials and the structure of this family. The circumstances became the form-giver in plan and elevation.
The main drive is intended to invite guests to experience a magnificent cedar while the drive to the garage/guest house is intended to display a fallen (but living) multi-stemmed maple. The building itself is sheltered by a green roof so that it further disappears as an ‘object’ and becomes an integrated part of the broad landscape.
The sunken entry court allows views to the Hood Canal while inviting people to experience the board formed concrete and Douglas fir structure. The plan reflects the unique nature of this family as it fits benignly into this land.