Smack-dab in the middle of the Puget Sound sits Whidbey Island, a rugged landscape of meadows dotting dense vegetation and woodlands, just a short throw from the bustling Seattle metro area. It is here that WM Works architecture studios were commissioned to transform one family’s country sanctuary into a modern hideaway, known as the Whidbey Farm Retreat.
With the intent of creating natural harmony in the lush natural ecology, the Whidbey Farm consists of three new construction abodes nestled amongst existing timbers, fishing ponds, and original ranching structures. At the center of these dwellings is a courtyard crisscrossed with gravel paths connecting the separate structures, maximizing the visibility of the natural landscaping, and is capped with a locally mined basalt masonry wall to balance the sharp liner arrangement of the edifice. Continuing in the spirit of the Pacific Northwest, the exterior is clad in western red cedar siding, interspersed with monolithic windows, and cleanly capped with a green living roof. Intended to accommodate 20 adults, the multi-generational pastoral palace has everything needed for any family gathering.