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May 26, 2022

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Heliotrope Architects: Approached initially to consult on site-selection, the firm encouraged the clients to focus on features that are unique to the San Juans such as grassy basalt rock outcroppings set within a Douglas fir and pacific madrone forest. The owners later purchased a hillside parcel possessing these features, the rock outcroppings forming a small clearing. Rather than widen the clearing to expand western views, the firm embraced the narrow opening—compressing it further ​through program placement. This compression amplifies the view while providing the feeling that one is within the forest itself. The linear living space is anchored by an existing rock outcropping to the east, establishing a strong connection to grade, and panoramic views among the tree canopy to the west, over 20 feet above grade. Pocketing sliding doors at either end allow for fluid movement and minimized distinction between interior and exterior...

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