Residential Design

Vol. 3, 2017

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Sometimes, the landscape is so breathtak- ingly beautiful, it needs no architectural intervention to bolster its natural attri- butes. This 12-plus-acre site at the tip of a long peninsula that joins Hood Canal, just a couple of hours west of Seattle, is such a place. Across the acreage is a cornucopia of Douglas fir forest, meadow, harbor waters, Hood Canal views, and to top it all off, a long-range prospect to the Olympic Mountains. Neither the owners, who have Danish roots, nor the architects, Dan Wickline and Geoff Prentiss of Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects in Seattle, felt the need to compete with the setting. The goal instead was to rein in the program and steer clear of any choices that would mar the spectacular setting. Along with all that natural beauty, there was also one bare-bones building on-site to make some use of—but it was just a step above a beach shack. The own- ers had made do with the shack for some time, so they knew the property well and how they wanted to use it. Although they didn't want to replace it with anything grand, they did want better functionality and a bit more space for extended family and friends. They had in mind something akin to a Danish summer house—typi- cally a small, one-story building of dark wood and simple gable forms, not unlike a The Coyle QUILCENE, WASH. PRENTISS + BALANCE + WICKLINE ARCHITECTS Opposite: A careful composition of small gabled buildings brings out the best aspects of a spectacular site on Hood Canal. Above: A series of French doors opens the main volume to a large, south-facing sun deck. VOL. 3, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM 49

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