- Sustainable Architecture
- A house in nature by mw works
When you know and love a place and you want to build your house there, the end result will perforce be the perfect symbiosis between architecture and nature. Case Inlet Retreat, designed by Seattle-based architecture studio mw works a young firm established in 2007 and operating in Washington State is the perfect example of this synergy, and the AIA has recognised this by making it a recipient of the 2016 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture. The jury stressed the great care that was taken in the design to mark the engagement between interiors and exteriors.
The simple, sleek shapes and lines of the building blend in perfectly with the landscape of Key Peninsula, making that the true focus of the architectural composition. So the living zone juts out west over Puget Sound, on the southwest side the kitchen opens outwards through an open deck to the meadow, and the bedroom engages directly with the forest, bringing the interaction between the residents and nature to the fore through the floor to ceiling glass doors and windows used throughout the house.
All the decisions of the clients made with the architects from MW works are oriented towards keeping the building as maintenance-free as possible, by using durable and sustainable materials, and favouring natural light and ventilation.
Case Inlet Retreat by mw works is an architecture-based love story for a location. Storytelling where the designer steps aside to meet the client brief, a story written in the third person that gives voice to the charming, majestic natural environment - the real celebrity of the project.
Project: studio mw works
Location: Case Inlet, Washington, USA
Photography: © Jeremy Bitterman
2016 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture