American architect Gary Gladwish designed the Eagle Ridge Residence for an artist client on Orcas Island, Washington.
The house is characterized by its materials: rusty, corrugated steel and wood recovered and repurposed from an old barn. Thanks to these materials, the L-shaped home fits right in amongst the madrone trees and mossy rocks that make up Orcas Island. Gladwish explains, "She [the client] requested an open, simple, low maintenance design which works with the site in such a way that her connection to the island, forest and ledges were always present within the house."
The building mirrors the artist's work, which often uses natural elements like rocks and plants, in that it encompasses recycled material and optimizes for the view often. The first wing of the home is walled using pre-weathered steel, while the second is clad in aging timber salvaged from the aforementioned barn demolition.
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