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On Washington’s Whidbey Island, MWWorks Designs A Modern Farm Retreat

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The American architecture firm MWWorks has designed a contemporary residence on the site of a family’s farm property, titled ‘Whidbey Island Farm’ after its location—an hour north of Seattle in the Puget Sound.

The house was conceived as both a retreat and a part-time residence for a family who have lived on the island for several generations. “Intended for summer barbeques, fishing retreats, and family gatherings, the house was designed to be flexible and durable, and reflect the layered history of both the site and the family itself,” explains a statement from the firm. While designed to be spacious and comfortable for two, the house can accommodate up to 20 people, with a four-bedroom main house and a separated bunkhouse for children and guests.

The residence takes its form via three rectilinear volumes organized around a central courtyard that is placed around the surrounding Douglas Fir trees. The courtyard becomes the visual and physical link between the different volumes, providing access and offering separation and retreat for the residents when needed. “With a palette of naturally weathered woods, concrete, locally quarried stone walls, deep oak and black steel accents, the house strives to be warm and rustic yet simple, clear, and open,” continues the firm. “It is a house that honors both the timelessness of the forest and agricultural heritage of the site.”

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