Port Townsend Residence
Port Townsend, Washington
“The Port Townsend Residence is a home designed for the enjoyment of meadow, woods, and views. Its sustainable strategies are seamlessly integrated with extraordinary architecture.”
The Port Townsend Residence is located on a bluff at the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Approaching the site, a clearing briefly reveals the house in the distance, spanning the end of a long meadow. After winding through a dense forest, the driveway arrives at a parking court, where a series of wood screens guide one to the main entry. A path to the house steps up and turns onto a breezeway deck, revealing extraordinary views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the peaks of the Olympic Mountains.
Varied materials, from refined to rustic, reduce the scale of the 3200 square foot building and articulate each volume. A line of exposed steel structure and a series of wood columns extend the length of the slender building, supporting laminated wood beams and rafters. The primary spaces of the home are to the west of the columns, oriented to take advantage of the expansive views. The high roof over the living room slopes upward to take advantage of natural daylight. A fireplace made of concrete block anchors this room and serves both interior and exterior living spaces. A lower volume clad in reclaimed barnwood houses the kitchen and sunroom, and frames views of a garden. At the bedrooms, window bays are canted toward expansive views.
Sustainability was an integral part of the design process from site strategies through rainwater harvesting, selection of materials, natural ventilation, and sun shading. Louvers provide solar shading at the high south windows and a long canopy provides a deep overhang at lower windows.