Peeking out from the forest along the eastern edge of the Case Inlet is a small, modern retreat designed by Seattle-based MW Works Architecture + Design. Having won multiple awards in 2012 from Washington-based AIA chapters, MW Works continues to receive accolades for this simple cabin project on the Puget Sound. Though it is more of a home than a cabin at a whopping 2800 square feet, the Case Inlet Retreat extends its residents senses by inviting the whole 20 acre property into the home with full-height windows, skylights, and extensive decks.
The concrete and glass structure of the Case Inlet Retreat is delicately brushed with weathered cedar cladding and an ipe deck, which softens the modern tones of the design. The balance is simple, clean, and rugged at the same time. The clients had been looking for a low maintenance cabin that could be a welcoming weekend-warrior sanctuary from the city. In an era where unnecessary frills and ornamentation not only means your pockets thin a little but also the environment hurts more, MW Works was able to let the materials of the retreat speak for themselves in a more sophisticated way.
The interiors also blend so well with the natural landscape around the retreat that it begins to pose the question: ‘where do the indoors end and outdoors begin’? Natural daylighting and passive ventilation flood the living areas of the home, while some of the most private spaces such as the shower also open completely to the Puget Sound. This energy-efficient and fun design method provides for some of the most romantic spaces in the entire retreat. Who wouldn’t want to take a bath in the Case Inlet Retreat tub while natural light filters in from a crack in the ceiling above?
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