Secluded, Clean-Lined Washington State Retreat Overlooking The Olympic Range


With our city now so laughably unaffordable, thousands of Vancouverites are stuck imagining wonderful homes instead of living in them. “Spaced” is a record of our minds wandering the world of architecture and design, up and away from the unrewarding realities of shoebox condos, dark basement suites, and sweet fuck all on Craigslist.


(via) Seattle firm MW Works Architecture + Design dreamed up this modern, 2,220 sqft, two bedroom cabin in Washington State. If the surrounds look familiar, it’s located just across the border with views of the Olympic Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. If you’ve ever spent much time in Victoria BC and looked south across the water anywhere from Beacon Hill to Oak Bay, it’s a very similar view, only the reverse of it (very Inception, if you catch our drift). The two-storey hideaway is situated on a private, gently sloping site. The living room cantilevers over the frontage and the washroom comes with a shower that sees a sliding window/door allowing for plenty of forest…er…exposure. The clean-lined exterior is clad in cedar where it isn’t fully glassed, and the roof is flat to accommodate a broad widow’s walk (accessed by a metal staircase). If we could spirit it away and over the water, we’d plonk it down somewhere equally vista-heavy on Dallas Road in Victoria (ideally high on the bluff above Gonzales Bay), where it could stare out at where it came from, wondering in quiet at which land it might prefer.

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Photography is by Jeremy Bittermann.

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