Long Residence

Orcas Island, Washington

Set in a second growth forest on the north shore of a saltwater channel, this residence is designed to accommodate a couple and their occasional guests.

While opening to the views of the water, the simple shed roof form closes the building off from the easement road above.

The wooden structure of the building tries to exhibit the character and variety of the materials.

The cedar log tripods are designed to withstand lateral loads while the log beams and 2 X 12 rafters resist gravity. The whole of the wooden support system is enclosed in a glass and cedar shingle shell that protects it, and in so doing, honors it. This shell, capped by a layer of 2 X 6’s, though protected by the metal roof and flashings, is the element most vulnerable to water and decay.


– Honor Award, The Wood Design Awards,
– Merit Award, AIA/Sunset Magazine, Western
Home Awards, 2005/2006
– Merit Award, AIA Seattle Chapter, 2004