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Kayak Point House in Stanwood

Jun 10, 2020

Kayak Point House in Washington

Architects: Christopher Wright Architecture

Location: Stanwood, Snohomish County, Washington, USA

Kayak Point House WA
photo © Benjamin Benschneider

A Bridge on Land, Kayak Point House is a modern home is nestled lightly between trees on the coast Christopher Wright Architecture created a gem grounded in nature to last generations.

Kayak Point House WA
photo © Benjamin Benschneider

After living in a large home with a manicured landscape for several years, the homeowners were ready to inhabit a more intimate space with a strong connection to trees, bay views, and the land itself. One of the owners, originally from Switzerland, requested the design reflect elements of Swiss style, combining  modern inferences with classic structural elements, craftsmanship, and pointed attention to detail. 

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Seattle-based Christopher Wright Architecture created a strong yet site-sensitive home elevated just above the land to preserve the trees it aims to enjoy–creating a place that is as thoughtful as it is beautiful.  

Kayak Point House WA
photo © Benjamin Benschneider

Given only a small section of parcel on which construction was permitted, and with a desire to keep intact  several large cedar trees, the home was sited very close to those trees–so close that digging a traditional  foundation would have disturbed root systems. Consequently, the central section of the structure was not  given a foundation.

Kayak Point House Stanwood WA
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Instead, two large steel beams span and suspend the entry and study, creating a  bridge between the bedroom wing and the living, dining, kitchen areas. Furthering the connection to  nature, the home was intentionally conceived as a single level; sinking into the texture of the landscape,  the home sits lightly, becoming obvious only upon approach.   

Kayak Point House Stanwood WA
photo © Anna Spencer

In addition to a large European-inspired, sleek-yet-rustic kitchen with an informal adjacent space for dining, the owners requested spaces to watch television and to sit  by the fire, a sunny nook for lounging, and an  outdoor area to view the sunset over Port  Susan.

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The team tackled the clients’ requests by placing an emphasis on refuge and sanctuary, exemplified by the use of natural  materials and contrasting volumes to create intimacy. The house finds balance–between  organic landscape and rectilinear home; between the intimacy of the private space and the expansiveness of the view–finding itself in exactly the right place.  

When traveling, the journey is at least as  important as the destination. For Christopher  Wright Architecture, the same may be said for  the experience of home–one’s movement  through space is equal in value to the  stationary experience. This principle is  illustrated by the way in which light was  directed throughout the home, entering at the  end of a passage from an unseen window, for  example, to invite exploration.

Similarly,  though long and linear, the home was given no straight, dominant sightline; rather, when moving from  space to space, one receives a glimpse of what lies beyond. 

Kayak Point House WA
photo © Benjamin Benschneider

“We wanted to create a home that seems to belong  where it is–as if it could have always been there–but  does not necessarily blend or disappear. Here, I like the  strength of the simple forms set against the natural  landscape.” – Christopher Wright   

Kayak Point House WA
photo © Benjamin Benschneider

The house, though relaxed, emanates a sense of order. The distinct, linear window system connects to the  form of the roofline, the cabinets, and the hearth. Each line is deliberate and creates a calm visual identity and rhythm within the home.

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photo © Anna Spencer

Throughout, real materials are celebrated for what they are, used in a way that is made practical by their natural characteristics; e ach beam is a structural element, concrete grounds the house onto the site at the central fireplace, and cedar clads the entire home, inside and out.    

Christopher Wright Architecture not only incorporated the client’s program, but melded the aesthetic needs  of client, site, and surroundings to create a deliberate place that will last –alongside the trees that ground it–for generations to come. 

Kayak Point House Stanwood WA
photo © Anna Spencer

Kayak Point House in Washington, USA – Building Information

Design: Christopher Wright Architecture

Location: Stanwood, WA, USA
Square footage: 2196 sq.ft. 
Interior: Gary Henderson Interiors
Contractor: Grapestone Construction 
Engineering: Peter Gintautas Nalis, A.E.C 
Stonework: Julio Gaona   

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photo © Anna Spencer

Photography: Benjamin Benschneider and Anna Spencer 

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Location: Stanwood, Snohomish County, Washington, USA 

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