Longbranch House by mwworks

 A new house in Key Peninsula, not far from Seattle

Architecture & Interior Design:  mwworks
Photos  ©  Andrew Pogue

LONGBRANCH - this stunning home is nestled in a secluded and breathtaking Puget Sound Peninsula

The architects transformed the remote plot into an inviting, cosy look out point - a home to be engulfed by nature. The low set volume is embedded into the floor of the surrounding forest, a design that is purposefully meant to be overlooked. 

A discreet gravel path leads the way to the front door around sloping corners, as the native terrain unfolds. Across a meadow a quick glimpse of a planted roof gives away the location of the arrival point.

A home that responds to local landforms, this is a timber structure carved around twin concrete pillars, reminiscent of stones firmly planted in the ground. They are settled between two Douglas Firs on the bluff. The Firs themselves were a suitable muse for the studio's design as their texture and colours inspired the layering of the timber structure.

The main living area - set within one the two pavilions that compose the home - is led by modesty and an economy of space. The orientation of the house directs the gaze towards McMicken Island, and distant views down the inlet beyond. This vista visually expands the house’s natural perimeters.


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