After creating a master plan for Sitka Center of Art and Ecology, I designed these two artist residences were the first phase of implementation. These artist residences used to house artists teaching classes or for residencies where artists, writers, musicians, and natural science scholars are given up to 3 1/2 months to conduct their work. The residences were fit into the landscape to provide private views of the surrounding Cascade Head Experimental Forest and to subtly reinforce the existing sculpture garden to make it a place of meeting as well as place to view art.
Care and attention was given to inserting the cottages into the site to protect the trees. Grade beams were used instead of typical foundations to minimize disruption of the ground and to span over roots.
The round window picks up the swoop of the masonry chimney, whose pattern of stones reflects the pattern of the cedar shingles above. Architecture should include delight and this vignette is seen by everyone entering the house.
This house is nestled among classic Gearhart beach houses and strikes a balance of between fitting in and playfulness. The garage, entry porch and dormers pick up the scale of the older neighbors. On the beach front, the curved living room allows uninterrupted views of the beach, while the covered porch opens directly into the dining room, inviting guests to enjoy the beach during the day, and to sit around a fire pit in the evening
This house was designed for the use by several generations and inspired by the Arts and Crafts tradition with a mixture of stone, wood and copper. The house has a wrap around porch, with bays, dormers to provide interest. The kitchen picks up the Arts and Craft theme in detailing of the cabinets.
This beachfront house provides plenty of room for an extended family while being carefully integrated into the sloping sight to give both views and privacy. Inspired by the NW Regional style, the entry level appears as a one story structure, with a series of simple roof forms. Due to the slope, the house becomes three levels, with the lowest level turned into a swimming pool that opens out to the sand dune that becomes an outdoor room. The innovative use of concrete decks provides visual lightness and becomes part of the interplay of cedar, stone, and copper used as exterior materials.
This house took advantage of being on a sand bluff above the road to bury the garage under the house. The clients wanted a barrel vault roof and we developed barrel vault trusses to create the effect. The house has a double story living room and the upstairs master bedroom suite looks down into it and out toward the ocean. The house is modernist with clean lines and detailing.