Doe Bay, Orcas Island, USA // Johnston Architects (2014)

The Orcas Island Cabin is a small, family getaway in the San Juan Islands in the Salish Sea. It has a large deck overlooking Doe Bay fifty feet below with a veranda extending over the double-high, timber pole columns. This opens up the interior out into the surrounding environment and brings the trees, sea, light, and mist in through the full-height windows. The basic materials and open construction compliment these elements. 

The family this cabin was built for has two small children and the 1200 square-foot interior was designed with this in mind. Bunk beds and a play area on the upper loft, a bathtub, and oversized swing on the front porch. This is a space for creating memories--a place to get away from the hectic day-to-day Seattle city life and enjoy nature. There is no television; rather there is a fireplace to read by, woods to play in, and amazing views to admire.