The house is sited on a forested hillside at the termination of a long steep winding road along Chuckanut Mountain. Only one location, a narrow ridge at the top of the property, provides level building surface. The tree line along this ridge opens to reveal stunning views of the San Juan Islands and the Skagit Valley below. The house is a composition of spaces attached in a progression along a central linear spine— rooms are formed by a series of folded roof planes that envelop the interior spaces and separate to define the exterior spaces. The series of varied experiences, the programmatic order, and the material selections were in response to both the site and the couple’s desire for the house to reflect their East Asian heritage and accommodate their family. Design/Details The clients voiced a desire for the house to reflect the marriage of their East Asian heritage: one being of Japanese descent the other of Chinese. Many elements of the design focus on this desire, including programmatic order and the material selection.
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