MW Works designs quiet dwelling for family farm in Washington

American studio MW Works has created an “intentionally modest” dwelling in the Pacific Northwest that serves as a nature retreat for a multi-generational family. The project, called Whidbey Island Farm, sits on a perch overlooking a meadow where cattle graze. Its name refers to its location – Whidbey Island, located just north of Seattle in […]

SHED updates mid-century modern home with “strong bones” in Seattle

An early 1950s dwelling in the Pacific Northwest that was originally built for cartoonist Irwin Caplan has received a sensitive refurbishment by American firm SHED. The house sits on a sloped site in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighbourhood, with quick access to public transportation and the Burke-Gilman Trail. Dating to 1951, the home was possibly designed by […]

Wittman Estes brightens up 1960s home in the Pacific Northwest

A rooftop deck, an overhauled kitchen and ample glazing are among the notable features in a 50-year-old dwelling in Washington that has been renovated by US firm Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape. The project, Mercer Modern, takes its name from its location – Mercer Island, a land mass in a freshwater lake just west of […]

Dark oak and aged copper create cosy atmosphere in Samara bistro by Mutuus Studio

Architecture practice Mutuus Studio used rustic materials and earth tones to create a “sense of timelessness and comfort” within a Seattle farm-to-table restaurant. Samara is located in a two-storey, 1920s building in the city’s Sunset Hill district. The eatery is named after a wing-shaped seed pod found on various trees, including elms and maples. The […]

Graham Baba Architects creates relaxed atmosphere within Seattle cannabis dispensary

Wooden decor and glass vitrines feature in this cannabis shop in the Pacific Northwest, which was designed by US studio Graham Baba Architects to provide a “personalised, leisurely browsing experience”. The store is one of several in Seattle owned by Dockside Cannabis, a local company that opened its first marijuana dispensary in 2011. The new […]

Waechter Architecture builds ring of cabins on old school campus to create The Society Hotel Bingen

A converted schoolhouse surrounded by a series of detached cabins forms this boutique hotel in Washington State. Nestled in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the Society Hotel Bingen is sited 100 kilometres from the hotel brand’s debut property in Portland, Oregon. “One of our primary goals was to design a hotel that not only felt […]

Heliotrope tucks Collector’s Retreat into lush wooded site in coastal Washington

American studio Heliotrope Architects has created a holiday home for art gallery owners that is wrapped in dark metal, punctured with white stucco and large stretches of glass. Collector’s Retreat is located on a forested site on Orcas Island, which lies just off the coast of northern Washington. It serves as a second home for […]

Wittman Estes tucks Hood Cliff Retreat into a coastal forest in Washington

Low-lying volumes topped with overhanging roofs form this holiday home in the Pacific Northwest, which was designed by US studio Wittman Estes for a family of impassioned naturalists. The Hood Cliff Retreat sits on a wooded site overlooking the Hood Canal, a natural waterway in the Puget Sound. The project, designed by Seattle firm Wittman […]

Olson Kundig creates wooden home on Washington archipelago for art collector

Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig included pivoting doors and sliding shutters in this waterfront home in the Pacific Northwest, designed for a resident with a large art collection. False Bay House is nestled in a quiet bay in the San Juan Islands, an archipelago of Washington state that is near to Victoria city in British […]

Wittman Estes and NODE use prefab elements to create rentable backyard cottage in Seattle

American firms Wittman Estes and NODE have created a prefabricated accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, that is wrapped in charred wood and runs entirely on solar power. The building was created for a homeowner in west Seattle who wanted a one-bedroom studio in her backyard, which she could rent out or list on Airbnb. “The […]

Hillside Sanctuary by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer offers elevated views of coastal Washington

American firm Hoedemaker Pfeiffer used stone, wood and glass to create a main dwelling and guest house for a steep, forested site in the Pacific Northwest overlooking the ocean. Hillside Sanctuary is located on a remote site in the San Juan Islands, which lie just off the coast of northern Washington. Seattle firm Hoedemaker Pfeiffer […]

Glossier pop-up shop in Seattle features rolling hills covered in moss and flowers

Beauty brand Glossier has teamed up with landscape architect Studio Lily Kwong to create a pop-up shop in Seattle that is filled with plant-covered mounds and splashes of pink and purple. Located in the city’s Capitol Hill neighbourhood, the temporary space occupies a linear, ground-level space measuring 1,100 square feet (102 square metres). The design […]

Mutuus Studio converts industrial artifact into Acid Ball installation in Washington park

A large, steel sphere sourced from a shuttered paper mill has been repurposed by Seattle firm Mutuus Studio as an installation in a waterfront park in the Pacific Northwest. The Waypoint installation, locally known as Acid Ball, is located in the new Wayfront Park, which stretches along a revitalised waterfront in Bellingham – a coastal city in […]

Garret Cord Werner includes three pools in Seattle house designed for avid swimmer

A reflective pond, a lap pool, and a jacuzzi intersperse and organise the spaces of this residence that Garret Cord Werner designed for an island in the middle of Seattle‘s Lake Washington. Located on Mercer Island, the 4,200-square-foot (390-square-metre) home was completed for a client who is a keen swimmer and interested in living close […]

Stephenson Design Collective designs House on the Cove to blend with coastal Washington setting

This residence in the Pacific Northwest by US firm Stephenson Design Collective features exterior walls clad in weathering steel and black-stained cedar, along with large windows that offer sweeping views of the mountains and sea. The House on the Cove is located in the coastal town of Bellingham in northern Washington. The residence consists of […]

Graham Baba imbues Klotski building in Seattle with industrial aesthetic

American studio Graham Baba Architects has used perforated metal, blackened steel and salvaged wood to create an industrial-style, mixed-use building in Seattle, which includes a beer hall.  The Klotski building is located in the city’s trendy Ballard neighbourhood, a waterfront district with a maritime and industrial history. The design of the three-storey building aims to […]

Graham Baba designs moody Deep Dive speakeasy at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters

US studio Graham Baba Architects took cues from speakeasies and adventure novels to create a dimly lit bar in Seattle filled with oddities and nature-inspired decor, such as dried plants and taxidermy. Deep Dive bar is located at Amazon Spheres, a trio of greenery-filled, glass domes at the retail company’s downtown Seattle campus. The bar occupies a small […]

David Coleman’s Hill House cuts into Washington hill “like a rusty blade”

A gabion wall supports this hillside residence in Washington, which local architect David Coleman has perched above a steep, grassy mound. Coleman designed Hill House in Winthrop, Washington, to slot into the surrounding scenery and sloped site. “This is a modest, sustainable building with a big presence in a big landscape,” said Coleman in a […]

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