Case Inlet Retreat by MW|Works Architecture+Design


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Location: Lakebay, Washington,  United States

Area: 2,200 sq ft

Year: 2011

Architects: MW|Works Architecture+Design

Photography: © Jeremy Bittermann


AIA National Honor Awards for Architecture
2016 Honor Award

Awards: AIA Honor Awards for Washington
2012 Merit Award

AIA Design Awards Pacific Region
2012 Citation Award


Nestled into a forested slope along the eastern edge of the Case Inlet, this small retreat opens to a western view of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound. Anchored by a weathered cedar clad bedroom wing, a bold concrete cantilever projects the living and dining into the forest and toward the view.

An ipe deck slips from inside the kitchen into a meadow to the south, separated only by large sliding glass doors extending the sense of interior directly to the outdoors. A broad flat roof hovers high above the living spaces creating the feeling that one is sitting outdoors amidst the trees.

Smaller, thoughtfully placed apertures define the exterior of the bedroom volume, along with a single large opening belonging to the master bath to give the users a ritual of bathing within the forest. A balance of simple lines and rugged low maintenance materials, this modest retreat is a welcome sanctuary from the city.

MW|Works Architecture+Design

© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann

MW|Works Architecture+Design | © Jeremy Bittermann

MW|Works Architecture+Design


MW|Works Architecture+Design is a Seattle based design studio offering architectural and interior design services to residential and commercial clients.



Steve Mongillo, AIA Principal

Eric Walter, Principal

159 Western Avenue West
Suite 484
Seattle, Washington 98119

206.352.7319 Tel.
206.352.7329 Fax


MW|Works Architecture+Design



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