Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Pond Lighting, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

The Urban Cabin was completed in 2012 by the Seattle based studio Suyama Peterson Deguchi. This splendid contemporary residence was designed for a retired couple. Located in Medina, Washington, USA.

Terrace, Lawn, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Glass Walls, Lighting, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Outdoor Living, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Patio Doors, Terrace, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Outdoor Dining, Terrace, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Living Space, Fireplace, Dining Table, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Kitchen, Dining, Living Space, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Modern Kitchen, Dining Table, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Bedroom, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Bedroom, Patio Doors, Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Urban Cabin in Medina, Washington by Suyama Peterson Deguchi:

“Urban Cabin was designed for a retired couple interested in downsizing and simplifying their lives. The couple lived on the site for 26 years, creating and nurturing their private yet urban sanctuary. The challenge was to design an appropriate response to the ideals of living with less in a neighbourhood which is prone to excess. Conceptually, the design was inspired by a picnic shelter in a forest. The ideas of a primitive picnic shelter gave direction to both the building’s form and minimal program requirements. All program elements were reduced of excesses and distilled down to the elemental.

The house is composed of a simple sheltering roof, supported on the east by a solid wall, which protects the inhabitants from a busy public park. Informed by the topography, the house was slightly recessed into the landscape, engaging a visual connection to the site. The remaining west-facing elevations are composed of windows and doors which embrace the surrounding garden and ponds. The deep overhangs at the ends of the long roof create an extension of space beyond the glass enclosure. Terraces are tucked under the shed roof to reinforce a connection to the beautiful landscape beyond. The exterior siding on the long east wall continues through the interior spaces, and with the minimal window details, blurs the boundaries of inside space.”

Photos By: Michael Burns

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