Simplicity, composition, and color come together to create this unique haven in the woods.

Nestled into a second growth cedar forest, this project consists of two artist’s studios, a house and a garage. These buildings are arrayed around the site’s high point, each focused toward a distinct view of the adjacent cedars, gullies and small meadow. The buildings are expressed as industrial objects within the landscape, striving for a harmonious composition of elements in the forest -- an arrangement encouraged by the adventurous aesthetic of the artist clients.

A neutral palette of concrete, galvanized metal and polycarbonate is punctuated by moments of saturated color, a warm spectrum chosen with the clients on-site to complement the cool palette of the surrounding woods. Concrete floors, white walls and warm wood tones provide a quiet and light filled interior, with art and furniture providing splashes of color in the main house. The studios mix fine detailing with an industrial aesthetic; long gallery walls hang work, and the double height space, clerestory and skylights create an expansive space filled with natural light.

Double sloped roofs cap simple rectangular volumes that respond to topography and light. Clerestories of polycarbonate panels fill the volume left by the elevated roof edge, admitting diffused light and obscuring the landscape into an artistic abstraction.

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Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, House Building Type, Shed RoofLine, and Cabin Building Type. The main house includes a generous amount of outdoor space, extending the living area into the surrounding forest. Photo  of Whidbey Artists' RetreatView Photos

The main house includes a generous amount of outdoor space, extending the living area into the surrounding forest.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Metal Siding Material. At night, the studios are lightboxes against the dark forest. Photo 2 of Whidbey Artists' RetreatView Photos

At night, the studios are lightboxes against the dark forest.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Cabin Building Type. The exterior aesthetic confidently contrasts to its natural setting, creating discrete objects carefully set into the landscape. Photo 3 of Whidbey Artists' RetreatView Photos

The exterior aesthetic confidently contrasts to its natural setting, creating discrete objects carefully set into the landscape.

Modern home with Living Room, Wall Lighting, Concrete Floor, Coffee Tables, Sectional, Ribbon Fireplace, End Tables, Track Lighting, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, and Wood Burning Fireplace. In the main house, large windows allow the forest to enter the living space, an effect opposite from its exterior presence. Photo 4 of Whidbey Artists' RetreatView Photos

In the main house, large windows allow the forest to enter the living space, an effect opposite from its exterior presence.

Modern home with Living Room, Wood Burning Fireplace, Ribbon Fireplace, Bookcase, Accent Lighting, Track Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Wall Lighting, Sofa, End Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Coffee Tables, Sectional, and Concrete Floor. The dining, kitchen, and living areas flow along one long gallery-like wing of the main house, creating an easy space to entertain in. Photo 5 of Whidbey Artists' RetreatView Photos

The dining, kitchen, and living areas flow along one long gallery-like wing of the main house, creating an easy space to entertain in.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Cabin Building Type, and Shed RoofLine. Dynamic rooflines create interesting forms while simultaneously opening clerestory windows perfect for letting in natural light to each studio. Photo 6 of Whidbey Artists' RetreatView Photos

Dynamic rooflines create interesting forms while simultaneously opening clerestory windows perfect for letting in natural light to each studio.

Modern home with Office, Shelves, Craft Room Room Type, Storage, Desk, Chair, Concrete Floor, Library Room Type, and Study Room Type. Far from precious yet finely detailed, the industrial aesthetic of the studios' interiors is softened with a flood of natural light from the polycarbonate clerestories and skylights. Photo 7 of Whidbey Artists' RetreatView Photos

Far from precious yet finely detailed, the industrial aesthetic of the studios' interiors is softened with a flood of natural light from the polycarbonate clerestories and skylights.

Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Landscape Lighting, Flowers, Back Yard, Woodland, Grass, Gardens, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Field, Hardscapes, Side Yard, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Garden. A carefully-chosen color palette, composed of warm reds, oranges, and yellows, contrasts to the cool tones of the forest. Photo 8 of Whidbey Artists' RetreatView Photos

A carefully-chosen color palette, composed of warm reds, oranges, and yellows, contrasts to the cool tones of the forest.

Overview

Location
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 4
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Industrial
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 4161
  • Lot Size
  • 10