Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Vacation Home to Concert Hall

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An hour's travel from downtown Seattle, Washington, lies what some call "Maine West": Whidbey Island. Forming the norther border of Puget Sound, the island is an enclave of "artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs who really love the great outdoors," says architect Brett Webber. In 2007, Webber, founder of Philadelphia-based firm Brett Webber Architects, PC, completed a live/work house for painter and professional musician Judy Geist, which now plays venue for her chamber group Ensemble M.

Artist's Studio House, Whidbey Island, Washington.
Geist purchased land on Whidbey Island in the early 2000s for a vacation home.
The goal of the house was to combine living, painting, and performance spaces, but as in nearly all projects, there...
Webber was able to reach a final design by making the spaces as flexible as possible—incorporating double-height...
Webber and general contractor Jeff Hanson of Northwest Timberframes, sourced materials from within a 500-mile radius of...
Artist's Studio House, Whidbey Island, Washington.
Artist's Studio House, Whidbey Island, Washington.
In addition to having a place to practice, Geist also desired a place "for a small group to play chamber concerts in...
Webber and Geist collaborated on the home's design around the same time as Geist formed Ensemble M, "a loose grouping...
Much of the 1,800-square-foot space features double-height ceilings.
Artist's Studio House, Whidbey Island, Washington.
Artist's Studio House, Whidbey Island, Washington.
Artist's Studio House, Whidbey Island, Washington.
Though Geist is able to visit the home for several weeks at a time throughout the year, it's far from a full- or even...
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