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Doe Bay Cabin in Orcas Island, Washington by Heliotrope Architects

September 1st, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Heliotrope Architects

Our clients for this project have been traveling regularly to Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island for two decades.  Now with two young children they have formalized their affection for the place by purchasing property located a short walk from the resort.   We were challenged to design a modest cabin in size and cost (but not in character) that captures the spirit of this place while reflecting the Japanese and Chinese heritage of the owners.

South View (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

  • Architects: Heliotrope Architects
  • Project: Doe Bay Cabin
  • Location: Orcas Island, Washington
  • Contractor: Sudden Homes
  • Size: 1,050sf
  • Completion: 2008
  • Photography: Ben Benschnieder

Detail (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

Our design solution combines simplicity and economy through the employment of a prefabricated structural panel system (“SIPS”) and the simple form of a box.  Features of the home include an extremely energy efficient envelope, a garden roof and 19ft high by 22ft wide window-wall with unobstructed views down Rosario Strait.

Context (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

West View (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

East View (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

Living Room (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

Bathroom (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

Stairs (Image Courtesy Ben Benschnieder)

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