With an eye to the future, the American firm Heliotrope strives to choose sustainable solutions and to improve the sites on which they build. In this Buck Mountain Cabin, comfort and nature are effortlessly combined.
Architectural and interior design agency Heliotrope has a clear vision: having as little impact on nature as possible, but a big impact on the residents of their projects. Quality that lasts and thus puts both the client and nature first - that is what Heliotrope is all about. The company's name refers to the heliotrope, a flower that always turns towards the sun. In a similar way, the team at Heliotrope turns towards the idea that every home possesses something intangible that makes it an exceptional place. In Buck Mountain Cabin, which we are showing you today, that intangible element is clearly the beauty of the surrounding nature, which continues to impress from everywhere in the house.
Simplicity is key in Buck Mountain Cabin
The property is located in the San Juans, an archipelago belonging to Washington State. The client first sought advice on the suitable location for their home, and was advised to look for a site that combines all the uniqueness of the islands: grassy basalt cliffs in a forest of Douglas fir. The final site had a narrow opening where the house could be built, and this was used to best effect. The impact on the original site was limited as much as possible, for example by avoiding the need to cut down trees. The foundations were also poured onto the rock without any excavations. With the forest on one side, a view of a lake on the other, and sliding doors that enhance the outdoor feeling, you really get the impression that you’re living right in the middle of nature here. The living area is situated in that open part of the house, while the bedroom and bathroom are on the north side, giving a more intimate feel. Because the residence had to be economical and sustainable, complex materials and systems were avoided. The south-facing windows provide ample sunlight in winter, while the large overhangs keep the heat out in summer. Simplicity is key in Buck Mountain Cabin, and this is also reflected in the colour palette, which remains sober thanks to the wood and the concrete floor.
The warm and functional interior makes Buck Mountain Cabin a true gem. The fact that nature was preserved as much as possible and is visible from everywhere in the house definitely is an added bonus. Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by Sean Airhart