A Minimal Writer’s Retreat in the Pacific Northwest

A Minimal Writer’s Retreat in the Pacific Northwest

By J. Michael Welton / Photos by Tim Bies
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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