A Minimal Writer’s Retreat in the Pacific Northwest

A Minimal Writer’s Retreat in the Pacific Northwest

Lowering the shutters on this small writer’s retreat completely exposes the interior to the site’s impressive island views.

Architect Tom Kundig’s assignment was simple enough: Build a tiny, Thoreau-like getaway for an Atlanta-based writer who owned ten acres on San Juan Island in Puget Sound. "The idea was not to clutter anybody’s thinking, especially a writer’s," he said. So he designed a 500-square-foot retreat that’s both womblike and open to its surroundings.

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