Dreaming of This Rural Washington State Retreat for a Clearing on Galiano Island

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) One of our all-time architectural fantasies is a multigenerational, indoor-outdor family-complex built around a courtyard. It would be somewhere out in the woods. In this scenario one side of the house would privately house our parents while the other would house us. Room for a kid or three, plus a visitors, goes without saying.

It would likely need to accommodate a few more than this place, which was designed by Robert Hutchison Architecture in Washington State near Mt. Rainier. Located in a forest clearing on the banks of the White River, the house is wrapped in blackened Western Red Cedar and features an office corridor, a cool indoor/outdoor fireplace, high ceilings and plenty of windows for maximum light. In keeping with the fantasy, we’d take ours on Galiano Island (and never give it back).

All photos by Mark Woods.

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  1. Do you really need to use the F word? You’d think that an award winning writer would have a broader vocabulary.

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