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Little House Wrapped in Blackened Timber – MW Works

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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.

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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

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