This dwelling borders Case Inlet, a single waterway adjoined to the complex series of lakes that is Puget Sound. The sheer scale of this coastal inlet is evidenced by the fact that Puget Sound also borders the city of Seattle in Washington State, while Case Inlet Retreat in contrast is set within the tranquil wilderness pictured here.
Case Inlet Retreat is the work of mw|Works Architecture + Design and has a 2,800 sq ft (260m²) footprint. The composition of the structure is starkly modern, but with a palette of materials that remains wholly sympathetic to the surrounding nature. Cedar cladding was extensively used, along with exposed metal sheeting which has a stabilised rust patina to blend in with its forest environment.
Anchored by a weathered cedar clad bedroom wing, a bold concrete cantilever projects the living and dining into the dense forest and toward the view. An ipe deck slips from inside the kitchen into an open meadow to the south, separated only by large sliding glass doors extending the sense of interior directly to the outdoors.mw|Works Architecture + Design
Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the surrounding views over the waters Case Inlet pictured here with an iconic Charles Eames lounge chair. However while an abundance of vast windows have been incorporated across the western aspect for these views, privacy is still afforded to the residence in the form of as timber and metal cladding as one approaches from the road (pictured below).
Smaller, thoughtfully placed apertures define the exterior of the bedroom volume, along with a single large opening belonging to the master bath to give the users a ritual of bathing within the forest.mw|Works Architecture + Design
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