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North Bay Residence / Prentiss Architects

  • 01:00 - 1 April, 2011
North Bay Residence / Prentiss Architects
North Bay Residence / Prentiss Architects, © Jay Goodrich
© Jay Goodrich
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Juan Island, Washington, USA
  • Architects

    Prentiss Architects
  • Project Designer

    Geoff Prentiss, Brandon Woodward
  • Design Team

    Geoff Prentiss, Brandon Woodward, Johanna Schorr, Dan Wickline, Seth Grizzle
  • Consultants

    Perbix Bykonen (structural), Holly McKinley (interiors), Wocka Hubber (landscaping), Definitive Audio (Audio/Visual), Lighting Supply (lighting), Alpha Radiant (HVAC)
  • Builder

    Jerry Price; Joe Cooper; Peter Kilpatrick; Ravenhill Construction
  • Area

    2800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Jay Goodrich, Courtesy of Prentiss Architects

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From the architect. Site Conditions

The project is located on a stunning but rather restricted site overlooking Griffin Bay on San Juan Island. The most practical area to build was exactly where three beautiful old growth trees had already chosen to live. A prior architect, in a prior design, had proposed chopping them down and building right in the middle of the site. From our perspective, the trees were an important essence of the site and respectfully had to be preserved. As a result we squeezed the programmatic requirements, kept the clients on a square foot restriction and pressed tight against property setbacks. A further issue was that the site backed up against the county road therefore establishing visual and acoustic privacy was a significant concern. These became the primary initiators of the parti.

© Jay Goodrich
© Jay Goodrich

Design Approach

The delineating concept is a stone wall that sweeps from the parking to the entry, through the house and out the other side, terminating in a hook that nestles the master shower. This is the symbolic and functional shield between the public road and the private living spaces of the home owners. All the primary living spaces and the master suite are on the water side, the remaining rooms are tucked into the hill on the road side of the wall.

© Jay Goodrich
© Jay Goodrich

Off-setting the solid massing of the stone walls is a pavilion which grabs the views and the light to the south, east and west. Built in a position to be hammered by the winter storms the pavilion, while light and airy in appearance and feeling, is constructed of glass, steel, stout wood timbers and doors with a stone roof and a slate floor. The glass pavilion is anchored by two concrete panel chimneys; the windows are steel framed and the exterior skin is of powder coated steel sheathing.

© Jay Goodrich
© Jay Goodrich
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