Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects

Heliotrope Architects designed this modern wooden retreat situated on the Orcas Island in Washington for a family visiting this island regularly for over 40 years.

Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects
Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects
Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects
Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects
Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects
Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects
Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects
Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects
Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects
Orcas Island Retreat by Heliotrope Architects

Description by Heliotrope Architects

Our clients were interested in exploring an ‘island vernacular’ expression for their retreat house – a look and feel that would fit comfortably and timelessly on an island that they have been visiting regularly for over 40 years. The design solution integrates a contemporary open-plan residential program within a building form reminiscent of a typical island farm structure – a “barn with a lean-to”. The shed-form structure houses the living and entertaining functions, while the gable-roof structure houses bedrooms, bathrooms and utility spaces. Decks extend on both sides of the house, allowing for outdoor leisure regardless of wind direction, and the stepped-form allows all upstairs bedrooms a water view over the floor below.

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- by Matt Watts

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