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American architect David Vandervort has designed the Lopez Island Residence in Washington. Following is some information from the architects, “This 1800 sf home is located on a heavily wooded, medium-bank waterfront property. The house is carefully sited amidst the existing trees and the existing land form which slopes up to the bank and view. Connections to the outdoors and specific features of the property informed the arrangement of space and form.
The angle of the living wing corresponds to the bank and creates an embraced outdoor deck area. The house reaches out to the southeast path to the beach, to the gardens further to the east and most importantly to the west and northwest views of the water.
The residence comprises the main house with an isolated upper level master and the studio which houses his and hers art spaces. The studio is connected to the house via an arcade which also serves as the main approach to the home’s entry. This entry serves as a hinge dividing the house into a living wing and a bedroom wing. The forms are simple, derived from the site relationships and the desire to maximize daylight. The materials are honest and enlivening – hard vs. soft, warm vs. cool. It is a home designed for modern island living.”