What’s superior than a rooftop deck? A few of them. Each individual with its very own sweeping check out.

The Olympic Mountains. The Strait of Georgia. The shoreline of Victoria, Canada. And possibly a pod of orcas, if you are blessed. You can see all of that (and a lot much more) from a single of this home’s 3 rooftop decks.

Found on the rocky shores of San Juan Island, Washington, this coastal retreat has a exceptional relationship to the land it occupies — the household is built right into the hillside, so it gracefully descends the ground’s all-natural slope.

A crew of architects from Seattle-based organization Prentiss Stability Wickline worked on the layout. Dan Wickline, a single of the architects on the task, drew inspiration from the island’s stark all-natural natural beauty.  

“Rooted into a linear ravine on the web site, the spaces of the household are composed in a series of stacked volumes climbing the terrain and aimed towards certain views,” Wickline states.

These certain views can be admired from a single of the grassy rooftop decks, from the flooring-to-ceiling windows that line the drinking water-facing partitions or from a single of the rectangular window clusters.

The strategically placed clusters make the sensation of whole immersion in the rugged landscape — no matter which way you change, a check out awaits.   

Within, the layout capabilities a muted coloration palette influenced by the lush greens, earthy browns and serene grays of the Pacific Northwest. These delicate and to some degree restrained hues allow the home’s very simple, elevated aesthetic to really shine.

From every single angle, the household resembles a function of art — fitting, contemplating it was essentially intended for a painter.

The leading-flooring art studio overlooks the drinking water, as does its clear, light-filled library. And if those people views are not plenty of to inspire creative imagination, there’s generally a rooftop deck or two close by.

“The grass roofs build a new landscape, which at the exact time nest and mix the household into the current terrain,” Wickline states.

This fragile tug of war is a testament to the home’s considerate layout and a conflicting (yet passionate) notion: that a position perched so large above the horizon can even now sense so deeply rooted in the earth.  

Pictures by Eirik Johnson.


Initially posted September 2018

By Lela