Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber – MW Works

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (1)

Designed by MW Works, the Little House 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 ft square. Early design discussions focused on creating a compact, modern structure that was both simple and efficient. Visitors approach the site from the south, a thin canopy marks the entry and frames views of the Canal below. The more transparent north and west elevations pull the landscape and distant view into the space.

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (7)

Taut 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 of the house a large patio reaches out into the landscape and serves as a jumping off point to the trail system 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.

Architects: MW Works
Project: Little House
Location: Hood Canal, Washington, USA
Area: 1,100 sq ft
Photography: Andrew Pogue

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (8)

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (3)

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (4)

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (6)

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (9)

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (2)

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (10)

Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber - MW Works (5)

Thank you for reading this article!

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Refurbishment in La Cerdanya / Dom Arquitectura

This refurbishment project was carried out by Dom Arquitectura Company in a small village from La Cerdanya, Catalonia region, Spain. The heart of the...

Brasov Apartment with Intense Interior Atmosphere and Saturated Colours

The project theme, in a way, was following the very first thought. The client appreciated various types of wood and dense, saturated colours. He wanted a rather dark and intense interior atmosphere. And those clear lines became a new tool of defining and outlining the exterior views inside the house.

Creating a fairytale atmosphere with joyful wallpapers

When we speak about a child’s room, imagination, individuality and style should merge to create a fairytale atmosphere. An important role of the decorating...

North Shore Lakehouse / Wheeler Kearns Architects

A new single family residence sits along the shoreline of Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Shore. The house is conceived of in three levels. The base is a solid mass that forms a plinth and grounds the house on the site.

Carmel Highlands House / Studio Schicketanz

Geometric blocks of different scales and materials work seamlessly together in this Carmel Highlands house overlooking the Bay and Point Lobos.

Boomerang House / DeForest Architects

A family home on the water, the owners wanted a house that would encourage creating and viewing art; connecting with nature, friends and family.