HOOD CLIFF RETREAT - Hansville, WA
A series of family cabins hidden in the forest, overlooking Washington's Hood Canal and inspired by the native killdeer bird.
Design Team: Matt Wittman, Jody Estes, Naomi Javanifard, Erica Munson. Contractor: Jack Colgrove Construction. Photography: Andrew Pogue
AIA Honor Awards for Washington: 2018 Merit Award
The original cedar cabin was built on the site in 1962. This original dark and opaque cabin left the owners feeling cut off from nature.
The project has three elements: 1) The repurposed 20’x20’ footprint of the original cabin, 2) the cabin addition, and 3) a new bunkhouse and bathroom to the north.
The vision was a retreat where the family could be together and celebrate their passion for being outdoors and connect with the native flora and fauna of Hood Canal.
The retreat is an expression of Wittman Estes’ ‘tactile modernism’, connecting the family to the sensation and physical experiences of the Puget sound ecosystem.
In the main cabin, the indoor outdoor kitchen has a pass-through window that extends the interior countertop into the outdoor concrete counter and built in wood barbeque.
Architectural Section Rendering
The open single room cabin re-used the original cabin’s foundation and floor and was re-imagined with high ceilings, clerestory windows, and a Murphy bed.
High clerestory windows allow views outdoors and natural light inside.
A murphy bed transforms the living room into an additional bedroom.
As avid bird watchers and naturalists, the clients wanted a family retreat that would immerse them in the stillness of the forest and capture the delicate Washington sunlight and views toward Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains to the west.
Views of the western shore of the Hood Canal.