Project: False Bay Residence

Location: San Juan Island, Washington

Architects: Olson Kundig

Interior Design: Geremia Design

Photography: Aaron Leitz

Located in San Juan Island, Washington, the False Bay Residence is designed to maximize sweeping views of Haro Strait and the Olympic Mountains. A 15-foot-tall opaque entry door pivots open to reveal a view of the Sound through a double-height glazed living and dining space.

The owner wants the home for both entertaining friends and relaxing as a family. Hence, group spaces for efficiency and minimizes unnecessary circulation becomes the key factor. Light and solar heat gain can be adjusted with four, 20-foot-tall exterior sliding wood shutters that extend across the entire west facade. Deep roof overhangs also provide shade and cover from direct sunlight and storms, while the hopper window above the entry door helps to naturally ventilate the house.

The spirit of efficiency extends to the limited material palette—wood, concrete, steel—simple, relatively low maintenance materials that, paired with energy-efficient glass and ready access to light-filled spaces, reduce the impact on the environment. Most of the furniture and decors have such hard corner, which give you a hard rush feeling. But the interior designer from Geremia Design cleverly balance that out using various soft furnishing, decors and art display.

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