Whale Watch From Any of This Dwelling’s 3 Rooftop Decks

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What’s higher than a rooftop deck? Three of them. Every with its personal sweeping view.

The Olympic Mountains. The Strait of Georgia. The shoreline of Victoria, Canada. And possibly a pod of orcas, when you’re fortunate. You’ll be able to see all of that (and rather more) from one in every of this dwelling’s three rooftop decks.

Situated on the rocky shores of San Juan Island, Washington, this coastal retreat has a novel connection to the land it occupies — the house is constructed instantly into the hillside, so it gracefully descends the bottom’s pure slope.

A staff of architects from Seattle-based agency Prentiss Balance Wickline labored on the design. Dan Wickline, one of many architects on the mission, drew inspiration from the island’s stark pure magnificence.  

“Rooted right into a linear ravine on the location, the areas of the home are composed in a collection of stacked volumes climbing the terrain and aimed towards particular views,” Wickline says.

These particular views could be admired from one of many grassy rooftop decks, from the floor-to-ceiling home windows that line the water-facing partitions or from one of many rectangular window clusters.

The strategically positioned clusters create the feeling of whole immersion within the rugged panorama — irrespective of which means you flip, a view awaits.   

Inside, the design contains a muted shade palette impressed by the luxurious greens, earthy browns and serene grays of the Pacific Northwest. These refined and considerably restrained hues permit the house’s easy, elevated aesthetic to essentially shine.

From each angle, the house resembles a murals — becoming, contemplating it was really designed for a painter.

The highest-floor artwork studio overlooks the water, as does its clear, light-filled library. And if these views aren’t sufficient to encourage creativity, there’s all the time a rooftop deck or two close by.

“The grass roofs set up a brand new panorama, which on the similar time nest and mix the home into the present terrain,” Wickline says.

This delicate tug of warfare is a testomony to the house’s considerate design and a conflicting (but romantic) notion: that a spot perched so excessive above the horizon can nonetheless really feel so deeply rooted within the earth.  

Photographs by Eirik Johnson.

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Initially revealed September 2018

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