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Lone Madrone Retreat by Heliotrope Architects

This fashionable 1,600 sq ft retreat was designed in 2015 by Heliotrope Architects.

It’s situated throughout the San Juan Islands on stunning Orcas Island, Washington.


Description by Heliotrope Architects

Situated on a rocky, wind-swept south going through shoreline; this 1,600sf retreat dwelling nestles into the panorama with a view to harmonize with it’s environment and decrease publicity to climate. Designed with retractable wall panels to guard from punishing winter storms, the home however opens up utterly to the outside when the climate is honest — permitting the house owners to completely work together with the panorama and consider. The location is throughout the San Juan Islands Nationwide Monument, with extraordinarily delicate shorelines and marine surroundings. With a purpose to reduce impacts to pure programs, a backyard roof was employed to switch panorama misplaced to development, and storm-water flows have been engineered to copy the pre-development situation. Native supplies (primarily douglas fir and western red cedar) and native craftspeople have been utilized in all features of the mission.

Pictures by Sean Airhart

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