| 20 : 30 – 15 August, 2018 |
Featuring a sustainable yet contemporary modern design, the abode stands out for its large overhang roof. The exterior is clad with a mix of charred plywood and painted panels. The kitchen and living room on the ground floor have a double-height interior. Everything from plants to flooring and even the kitchen cabinets were scavenged from the surrounding area The rustic-decor of the home cum studio is a perfect residence for the artist seeking solace among the woods.
Studio amongst the woods
From the Architects –
Scavenger Studio is a 914-square-foot studio designed for an artist/activist. The little structure is situated in the woods in rural Washington State, and was built using as much free-recycled material as possible. Scavenged materials—ranging from cabinetry to stairs treads to plants—was salvaged from homes slated to be demolished.
Living room of the artist residence
The kitchen and living area occupies the ground level of the double-height interior, while a sleeping loft is above. A panel next to the bed drops down, opening the room to its surroundings. The studio sits light on the land, resting on a simple, six-footed foundation which also helped to limit construction costs.
Ground and first floor plan
View from the bedroom loft
The facade is clad in T1-11 plywood, which was charred by the owner using a Japanese technique called Shou sugi ban which preserves the wood and creates a darker tonal value that helps to blend the home into the surrounding forest. The exterior also includes a painted Hardie Panel.
Entrance way to the house
Kitchen cabinets were saved from a house the contractor was demolishing. The floor is masonite, the ceilings are plywood, and the walls are drywall. Polycarbonate panels were used for clerestory windows.
Bedroom on the loft overlooking the woods
Project details –
Project Name – Scavenger Studio
Architect Firm – Eerkes Architects | www.eerkesarchitects.com
Architect of Record – Olson Kundig | www.olsonkundig.com
Project location – Puget Sound region, Washington, United States of America
Lead Architect – Les Eerkes, Olson Kundig
Project team – Yousman Okano (Staff Architect)
Photography Credits – © Benjamin Benschneider
Contractor – Schuchart/Dow
Roofing – GAF
Hardie Panel – James Hardie
Appliances – Viking
Clerestory windows – Lexan