The buildings of Whidbey Retreat are expressed as industrial objects within the landscape, eschewing the idea of ‘blending’ with the surroundings and, instead, striving for a harmonious composition of elements in the forest – an arrangement encouraged by the adventurous aesthetic of the artist clients.
Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects
Prentiss Wickline Architects and Balance Associates Architects have combined. At the core of both firms is the pursuit of balance: between natural and built environments, between a client’s vision and real world parameters, between beauty and utility. Working together, we offer a richer and broader practice, continuing the highly personalized experience that both our prior firms have come to be known for. We are proud of our expanded knowledge base and network, and ultimately, we believe PBW will enable us to bring new insights and better solutions to our clients and the world of design.
While our epicenter remains in the Pacific Northwest, our work can be found throughout the country, identified by a pattern of practices and perspectives that represent our approach and quality. Natural light is wisely engaged to define, illuminate, and enhance space Challenging terrain, from rocky shore to urban roost, to mountain slope, is gauged and expressed to its fullest potential. With such diverse expertise, we are confident we can uncover the hidden possibilities of your site and overcome any challenges— no matter how insurmountable they may seem.
Wolf Creek Cabin sits in a lightly-treed meadow, surrounded by foothills and mountains in Eastern Washington. It is designed as two interlocking “L” shapes: a covered patio is located at the intersection of one “L,” offering a protected place to sit while enjoying sweeping views of the valley
The Chechaquo Lot 6 Cabin sits in a small meadow ringed by ponderosa pines. Backed up to the toe of a dramatic, rocky butte, it captures views up the boulder-strewn slope as well as through the surrounding forest to mountains in the distance.
Completed as a collaboration between Studio Zerbey Architecture and Balance Associates Architects, the home was built by McMahon Construction. The natural modern home is sited carefully on a property that has a creek running through its backyard.
Located on a long peninsula extending south into Hood Canal, this modern vacation house for a Seattle family draws inspiration from its site and the owner’s Danish roots. Using the clean, economical forms and materials of the classic Danish sommerhus as a starting point
Anchored to a rocky slope and looking out over expansive water views, this house is the expression of the clients’ desire to connect to both the immediate landscape and the view beyond. Stacked boxes that end in large lift-slide doors direct each interior to specific views.