MW works has designed Case Inlet Retreat on a site where the owners had been coming for several years, visiting in summers to camp in the sunny meadow. Located in Washington, the United States, this modest retreat of 2,200ft² (204m²) opens to a western view of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound.
Anchored by a weathered cedar clad bedroom wing, a bold concrete cantilever projects the living and dining into the forest and toward the view. An ipe deck slips from inside the kitchen into a meadow to the south, separated only by large sliding glass doors extending the sense of interior directly to the outdoors. A broad flat roof hovers high above the living spaces creating the feeling that one is sitting outdoors amidst the trees. 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. A balance of simple lines and rugged low maintenance materials, this modest retreat is a welcome sanctuary from the city.
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Photographs by Jeremy Bittermann
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