This amazing house on the San Juan Islands in Washington is a unique bridge between nature and art – it is a stylish canvas with lots of works of art that are strongly connected to the landscape. Designed by Seattle architects Tom Kundig, the house was designed to make the most of the scenic views and the numerous wildlife in the area.
The architects opted for a sloping roof as it provides shade and protects the interior from too much direct sunlight or the effects of strong wind and rain. While the wooden structure contains a significant amount of glass, it is entirely inspired by farm buildings that were already on the property. The exterior blends in with the landscape thanks to the restrained, minimal palette of colors and materials. The entire house is energy efficient and the lights and solar heat can be adjusted by sliding the four 20 foot high wooden shutters on the west facade. The abundant use of glass windows offers unparalleled views of Haro Street and the Olympic Mountains both inside and out.
Throughout the interior, a simple palette forms the overall decor plan, with light wood floors and white walls that help highlight the ornate furniture and other collectibles. The decor was entirely designed by Geremia, including the selection of new works of art as well as contemporary furniture.