Little House by Mw|works Architecture + Design

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Location: Hood Canal, Seabeck, Washington, US

Area: 1,100 sq ft

Awards: AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Awards 
2016 Merit Award AIA Honor Awards for Washington
2015 Honor Award

Architects: Mw|works Architecture + Design

Photography:  © Andrew Pogue

The Little House is nestled into a lush second growth forest on a north facing bluff overlooking Hood Canal. Built over an existing foundation, the new building is just over 20 ft square. Early design discussions focused on creating a compact, modern structure that was both simple and efficient. Visitors approach the site from the south, a thin canopy marks the entry and frames views of the Canal below. Taut oxidized black cedar and blackened cement infill panels clad the exterior while lightly painted panels and soft pine plywood warm and brighten the interior. The resulting project hopes to capture the essence of the modern cabin – small in size but much larger than its boundaries.

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© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue

All images courtesy of Mw|works Architecture + Design|© Andrew Pogue


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.

Formed in 2007, our office remains small, focused on compelling, collaborative projects of all scales.

Eric Walter, Principal

Since co-founding MW|Works in 2007, Eric has been deeply involved in the design and management of nearly all of our work including Case Inlet Residence, Rock Box, Canyon Barn, Tractor Shed, and Laurelhurst Residence. Prior to MW|Works, Eric spent six years with firm where he worked on the Ballard Library, Peace Arch Border Crossing, and several residences in Hawaii, Montana, and California. Eric also spent several years with Miller Hull. Eric received a B. of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington and a Masters of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned the AIA gold medal for outstanding design. Eric lives with his wife, two sons, and dog Tucker on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Steve Mongillo, AIA Principal

Since co-founding MW|Works in 2007, Steve has been deeply involved in the design and management of nearly every project including Rock Box, Case Inlet Retreat, Moss Bay Residence, Canyon Barn, and the Courtyard House. Prior to MW|Works, as a Senior Associate at firm, Steve managed and co-designed many internationally published projects including the Point House, Woodway, Gosline, and the Port Townsend Residence. Steve was also instrumental in the Ballard Library project. Other prior work experience includes a remodel of Canlis restaurant, an eco resort in the Bahamas, and several residential projects while employed at Cutler Anderson. Steve lives in Phinney Ridge with his wife and two sons.



Steve Mongillo, AIA Principal

Eric Walter, Principal

159 Western Avenue West
Suite 484
Seattle, Washington 98119

206.352.7319 Tel.
206.352.7329 Fax


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