Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lopez Island Cabin : By Stuart Silk Architects

Lopez Island, Washington, United States
Stuart Silk Architects

Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Lopez Island Cabin
Photo © Steve Horn Photography
Located on 30 acres of wooded waterfront property on Lopez Island, WA, this 1,300-square-foot vacation home sits at the northern edge of a meadow on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Native fir, cedar, and madrona trees encircle the meadow of indigenous grasses and plants, creating a natural privacy screen surrounding the home. The house respects this serene landscape with its minimal size, thoughtful design and conscientious use of materials.
Lopez Island Cabin
Photo © Steve Horn Photography 
Design concept and solution:
The approach to the house is down a simple stone path from the east. A sloping roof plane—as though emerging from the earth—rises unbroken between two small rectangular volumes. This tilted plane covers the contiguous living, dining, kitchen and service areas. The two adjoining rectangles each contain a modest sleeping room. At the western edge of the house, a 14-foot-tall glass wall terminates the main living space, promoting uninterrupted views of the water and mountains. Beyond the glass wall, the roof cantilevers over a terrace, evoking a sense of protection and blurring the distinction between interior and exterior. Countering the lightness of the roof structure, two thick masonry walls run the length of the home and ground it into the earth.
Lopez Island Cabin
Photo © Steve Horn Photography
Materials and construction methods were chosen for simplicity, low maintenance, and energy conservation. Site disturbance was strictly localized, allowing for only minor construction grading that followed the natural contours of the site. Slab-on-grade construction was used for the interior flooring and adjacent terraces, simplifying construction and minimizing the use of raw materials. Corrugated metal siding and locally sourced ground face concrete block—used in the interior spaces as well as the exterior—were chosen for their durability and economy. The concrete block walls and floor also serve as a thermal mass, regulating the interior temperature by storing daytime heat and releasing it at night. Above the block walls, three sides of clerestory windows combine with floor to ceiling glazing throughout the home to bathe the interior spaces with daylight, reducing energy costs associated with artificial lighting. Birch veneer plywood panels the ceiling, accentuating the lightness of the roof plane as it soars above the spaces, yet are also nearly maintenance free.
Lopez Island Cabin
Photo © Steve Horn Photography
Lopez Island Cabin
Photo © Steve Horn Photography
Lopez Island Cabin
Photo © Steve Horn Photography
Lopez Island Cabin
Photo © Steve Horn Photography 
Lopez Island Cabin
Photo © Steve Horn Photography
Lopez Island Cabin
Photo © Steve Horn Photography 
Lopez Island Cabin
Floor Plan
Lopez Island Cabin
North Elevation
Lopez Island Cabin
South Elevation 
Lopez Island Cabin
East Elevation
Lopez Island Cabin
West Elevation 

the People

Maxine Shanahan and Arthur Nordhoff
Stuart Silk Architects
2400 N. 45th St., Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98103
P: 206-728-9500
F: 206-448-1337
Architect of record:
Stuart Silk, AIA
Associate architect:
Lisa Sidlauskas
Interior designer:
Stuart Silk Architects
Quantum Consulting Engineers
1511 Third Avenue, Ste. 323
Seattle, WA. 98101
Contact: Dan Fenton
General Contractor:
419 Third Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Contact: Jim Bickford
Steve Horn Photography
Lopez Island, WA
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Autodesk Architectural Desktop

the Products

Structural system
Floor: Concrete slab on grade
Roof: Trus Joist I-joists
Exterior cladding
Mutual Materials, Ground Face, Castle White
Metal/glass curtain wall:
Arcadia Aluminum Storefront
Custom Pre-cast masonry caps to match CMU color
Baltic Birch Exterior Grade Veneer Plywood
EIFS, ACM, or other:
Corrugated Metal Siding
Standing Seam
Arcadia Storefront, Clear Anodized Aluminum
Metal doors:
Arcadia, Clear Anodized Aluminum
Wood doors:
Single panel, birch veneer
Sliding doors:
Arcadia, Clear Anodized Aluminum
Baldwin Estate, Lever #5137
Cabinet hardware:
Whitechapel LTD.
PO Box 11719
Jackson, Wyoming 83002
Japanese Cabinet Pull: 106MRB2N, satin nickel
Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Husky Finish Carpentry
4001 Aurora Ave North
Seattle, WA. 98104
(206) 438-0068‎
Paints and stains:
Benjamin Moore, White Heron OC-57 Eggshell
Baltic Birch Veneer Plywood
Plastic laminate:
Formica Mission White
Countertop: Formica Mission White with Color Core
Floor and wall:
Shower walls: Daltile: Arctic White #0790, Matte Finish
BK Lighting
Accessibility provision:
No stairs, no thresholds at showers, all entrances at grade
Sinks and Toilet:
American Standard
Bath Lav Sets:
Bathroom Accessories:
Kitchen Sink:
Kitchen Faucet:
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