Designed by renowned Seattle–based architects Olson Kundig, the False Bay Residence and Writer’s Cabin exhibits a restrained, minimal palette and architectural composition. The buildings quietly nestle into the lush surroundings on Washington’s San Juan Islands, framing exquisite views of the bay and mountains with minimal impact on the site.
A limited material palette of wood, concrete, and steel combine with thoughtful solutions for day lighting and privacy. Large windows emphasize the connection to the outdoors. Efficiently laid out interiors provide space for entertaining, family, and the display of the owner's art collection. Newly furnished and decorated by interior design studio Geremia Design, the spaces are an elegant combination of restraint, simplicity, and richness.
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Concrete floors extend throughout the main floor. White walls are accented by dark window frames, steel contrasts, and natural materials.
Above, a loft area is open to the main living space below. A bedroom on each level is separated from the main social spaces.
The Writer’s Cabin, a 500-square-foot, glass guest cottage on the property, is surrounded by three wooden decks that can be raised through a system of hydraulic winches, wire rope, pivoting sheaves, and lead blocks, to serve as shutters, or opened to create a deck connected to the landscape.