Little House

Architect: mw|works

Location: Seabeck, Washington

Category: Up to $1.5m in construction costs (category two)

Nestled in a lush forest, this project captures the essence of the modern cabin for a summer retreat in the wilderness.

The project is nestled into a lush second-growth forest on a north-facing bluff overlooking Hood Canal. Built over an existing foundation, the new building is just over 20 foot square. Early discussions focused on a compact, modern structure that was simple and efficient. Visitors approach the site from the south, where a thin canopy marks the entry and frames views of the canal. The more transparent north and west elevations pull the landscape and distant view into the space. Oxidized black cedar and blackened cement infill panels clad the exterior while lightly painted panels and soft pine plywood warm and brighten the interior. On a sunny western corner, a large patio reaches into the landscape—a jumping off point to trails wandering down to the water’s edge. The resulting project hopes to capture the essence of the modern cabin, small in size but much larger than its boundaries.

Additional information

General contractor: E&H Construction

Landscape architect: Johnson Southerland

Structural engineer: PCS Structural Solutions


Jean Dufresne, AIA (Chair), Space Architects + Planners, Chicago

Richard Fernau, FAIA, Fernau + Hartman Architects, Berkeley, California

Joyce Hwang, AIA, Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo, New York

Jack Travis, FAIA, Jack Travis FAIA Architect, Bronx, New York

Kulapat Yantrasast, wHY Los Angeles, Culver City, California

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