The site is a very steep site of almost solid rock on the west side of the island—the only flat or semi flat space is used for access, parking and an existing structure. Therefore we explored further up the hill and found a shelf that we could use. The shelf was located in such a way as to allow us to have some tree cover from the blasting sun of western sunsets in mid-summer mesmerizing views to the Salish Sea, Vancouver Island and Victoria. Given this location it was important to create access to the site for both construction and for functional use once complete. A series of stairs, steps and switchback inclined paths were worked into the rock face. The 10 foot concrete wall at the base of the stairs becomes the portal of entry and separates the more mundane parking and garage from the adventurous path of the hillside. The concrete wall also counterbalances the adjacent rock cliffs that that were cut to allow for parking.
The form of the building was a matter of what was available on that shelf--- we wanted all the rooms to have a direct view but there was not sufficient length available. Therefore a subset building was built behind the rectangle of the main space -- a few steps allows those rooms to look out and over the main room, the green roof of which maintains focus on form and material.
Continuing to work with the primary form of the main room we wrapped the exterior siding of rough sawn dark stained cedar in on the north and south interior walls, then emphasized the main weaving room itself on the exterior by recessing its front wall a small amount and cladding it in a contrasting material—painted metal panels.
Awards and Recognition:
2010 NWAIA Honor Award
Journal of the San Juans, "Prentiss Architects earn top awards for two San Juan Island homes", March 16, 2011
Gray Magazine, "Weaving Spaces", June/July 2013
Category: Modern Art Studio Design San Juan Island, WA