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A Quiet Retreat on Puget Sound

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The Case Inlet Retreat is the utmost in simplicity and tranquility for a couple with a young child.

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The contemporary vacation home is located along the eastern edge of the Case Inlet, in southern Puget Sound in Washington state.

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Architects Seattle-based studio MW Works Architecture+Design have created a simple vacation home that perfectly sits in the introspective scenery.

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This is a small house that packs a punch.

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What appears to be an outdoor shower clad in untreated wood is just outside the bedroom.

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In fact a sliding door can seal the “outdoor shower” closed – or open to bring in fresh air as desired.

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Cedar boards keep the floor dry for a sauna feeling.

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Simple unpretentious faucets are used in both the shower and the the bath.

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The same wood is used outside, paired with rusting Corten steel panels.

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The house is nestled within a forest glade.

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Its quiet views are echoed in the restrained material palette.

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A wood burning stove keeps the small family retreat toasty on cold winter nights.

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Polished concrete floors throughout are paired with the floor to ceiling glazing that connects to nature.

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Outdoor stairs cut through the Corten steel for a direct route to the rooftop deck.

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An early lesson in good design.

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Surely the Desert House Was Built by Aliens

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Crouched like an alien artefact in the desert at Joshua Tree is this amazing structure.

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Miles from anything, it seems the concrete is made by just grinding up the rocks.

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Usually this sort of arty idea is not well executed…

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…but this is so confidently detailed, it is as if an alien race had been building this way for centuries.

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And they were familiar with grinding rocky planets into homes away from home.

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The curves of the roof flawlessly transition into a new set of curves in the pillars holding it.

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Nothing but the vast desert beyond gives you plenty of warning should curious earthlings venture too near.

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Here, your fellow travellers will revel in the curious air of Earth.

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Imagine sleeping here, while keeping one watchful eye out for your returning spaceships.

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The living room is well designed to accommodate your species visiting here from another planet.

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Some of the interiors do get a little hokey…

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But the aesthetic is amazingly consistent throughout.

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In the Desert House, America has a national heritage building at Joshua Tree National Park.

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Unsurprising that this took a decade to handcraft.

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The (earthling) architect  Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, born in 1934, has created a true work of art.

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A Crazy Psychedelic Home for an Artist

 

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Artist Kat O’Sullivan bought a dilapidated 1840s home in New York and has made her home reflect her various art as Katwise.
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Like her artwork, the homestead takes a trip down memory lane to the psychedelic extravaganza of the 1960s, even down to the Volkswagon bus.

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The artist and her partner embellished the original 19th century farmhouse with structural as well as painterly touches.
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Each section is sharply delineated by black-painted structural outlines, giving it the appearance of liquorice cubes
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Even the tulips are going along with the lurid colour palette!
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And some slabs of drab sandstone are clearly just itching to be multicoloured to match.
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Kat creates art with “a million colors.”
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Of course, she can’t paint the sky to match the vision.

But hey – it’s not the 1960s any more – now she can just Photoshop in the sky that she wants!