The Little House is nestled into a lush second growth forest on a north facing bluff overlooking Hood Canal with distant views to Dabob Bay. Designed to repurpose an existing foundation, the new building is just over 20 ft square. The simple form is abstracted against the forest – a stark exterior contrasting a warm bright interior.
▼朝向运河景观的小屋，a small retreat facing the southern Canal
The owners live full time in Houston, Texas but have shared many summers with family at a nearby property outside Seabeck. They loved the wildness of the southern Canal and imagined a small retreat here of their own. Early design discussions focused on creating a compact, modern structure that was both simple and inexpensive to build. Intentionally restrained on an existing footprint, the concept grew from this premise – a simple box with large carved openings in both the roof and walls that selectively embrace the views and natural light.
▼建筑外观，墙壁上嵌入了大尺寸的窗户，exterior view, with large openings carved in the walls
Visitors approach the site from the south. A thin canopy marks the entry and frames views of the Canal below. The more transparent north and west elevations pull the landscape and distant view into the space. With primary views toward the water, the south and east elevations remain mostly solid, shielding views from the driveway and neighboring properties. Skylights carve into the roof, bringing light and views of the stars over the bed and into the shower.
▼南立面，轻盈的顶篷指示出入口的位置，south elevation: a thin canopy marks the entry and frames views of the Canal below
▼入口门廊和顶篷，the entry canopy
▼通高的落地窗将景观引入房间，floor to ceiling glazing in the main level pulls the viewer into the landscape
▼楼梯间设有大面积的景观窗户，stair with generous landing window
▼室内细部，interior detailed view
▼淋浴间被天窗照亮，the shower illuminated by the skylight
Taut oxidized black cedar and blackened cement infill panels clad the exterior while lightly painted MDF panels and soft pine plywood warm and brighten the interior.
▼建筑外立面细部，facade detailed view
On a sunny western corner of the house a large patio reaches out into the landscape and connects the building to the larger site while serving as a jumping off point to the trail system wandering down to the water’s edge.
The small footprint ultimately served as an effective tool to govern the design process. Focus was placed on the essentials and extras were edited out by both desire and a very humble budget. The resulting project hopes to capture the essence of the modern cabin – small in size but much larger than its boundaries.
▼从步道望向林间的小屋，view to the building in the forest
Lot Size: 1.7 acres on Hood Canal
Building Size: 1,140 sq ft
Architect: mw|works architecture+design
Contractor: E&H Construction
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Landscape Architect: Johnson Southerland
Interior Design: Avery Cox Design / Avery Cox
Photography: Andrew Pogue