A Hitchcock masterwork inspired the design for this residence. The iconic henchman’s lair in “North by Northwest” – an imposing structure rising out of its rock foundation and jutting over a precipitous ravine – was memorable for the client. It became the touchstone for this design, reimagined for this equally impressive site – a lofty perch above Burrows Bay with sweeping sound and island views.
This modern cabin sat upon and was structurally grafted into the solid rock summit of this stunning and isolated hilltop in south Fidalgo Island. The open plan of 1200 square feet feels more spacious than it’s footprint through extensive window and clerestory placement that draws the expansive views into the interior.
The clients wanted the hearth to be the center of family gathering and activity – both inside and out. Therefore a massive dual face stone fireplace anchors the design and provides for intimate gathering within the Great Room and off the oversized deck. The real inspiration for the design was the commanding waterfront view towards Orcas Island. Fortunately the vista was expansive enough that wrap around windows and sliding doors were able to capture the dramatic view while preserving the hearth as the room’s focal point.
The client’s preferences generated this completely open floor plan that volumetrically merges both levels featuring an oversized chef’s kitchen and dining space and a second level loft space for their master bedroom suite and reading nook. Generous amount of sliders and clerestory windows provides light throughout the entire interior.
In addition to capitalizing on the water view of the San Juan channel from the Great Room, the owners wanted that central living space imbued with light from all sides, prompting the incorporation of a continuous clerestory around the perimeter of the elevated great room. At night – when the light source changes from outside to within – the soft glow emitted from the Great Room evokes the look of a gleaming lantern.
A tight lot and a goal to squeak out some maritime views drove the design, which used color and playful geometrics to elevate its appeal.
Taking a cue from the surrounding jagged peaks of the North Cascades, this design adopted a pyramidal styled motif – using large vertically stacked modular windows, glass blocks and other elements – to evoke the rugged natural landscape.