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Suncrest Retreat on Orcas Island, Washington

July 28, 2020

Suncrest Retreat

Design: Heliotrope Architects

Location: Orcas Island, Washington, USA

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island Washington
photo © Sean Airhart

Suncrest is a 3,000-square-foot retreat residence is located on a 26-acre site comprised of a mature Douglas fir and Pacific madrone forest, with occasional rocky clearings and several small ponds. The clients sought a home that minimized site impacts, that utilized their favorite materials (wood and concrete), and that connected them intimately with the land and the view.

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island WA

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island WA

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island WA
photos © Benjamin Benschneider

The home is positioned where the forest gives way to a large rocky clearing with views to the Salish Sea, a waterway straddling the United States and Canada.

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island Washington
photo © Sean Airhart

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island Washington
photo © Sean Airhart

The house is ‘wrapped’ around a prominent rock outcropping and carefully situated to require a minimum of tree removal.

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island WA
photos © Benjamin Benschneider

The long, narrow footprint of the home allows every room a view of the sea while also retaining a strong connection to the surrounding forest. The low-slung curving form helps to nestle the house into the landscape itself.

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island WA
photo © Benjamin Benschneider

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island Washington
photo © Benjamin Benschneider

The material palette was chosen to harmonize with the colors and textures of the natural surroundings and consists of wood from the forest (Douglas fir and madrone), concrete, zinc, steel and glass. The interiors serves as a neutral background to the art featured throughout the home, most of which is the work of the wife.

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island Washington
photo © Sean Airhart

Strict site access protocols were put in place for the duration of construction in order to minimize site disturbance, and the landscape has been carefully restored to a natural state.

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island WA

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island WA
photos © Benjamin Benschneider

Suncrest Retreat, Orcas Island, Washington – Building Information

Design: Heliotrope Architects

Lighting Designer: Heliotrope Architects
Interior Designer: Heliotrope Architects with the Owners
Structural Engineer: Swenson Say Faget
Landscape Architect: Garden Artisan
Contractor: Ravenhill

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island WA

Suncrest Retreat Orcas Island WA
photos © Benjamin Benschneider

Photography: Sean Airhart, Benjamin Benschneider

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