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Thursday, December 8th, 2022

Peaceful Retreat in the Forest – Loop Residence

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Balance Associates Architects have designed and built an airy cabin in Washington State with an immense challenge upfront : not to impact the environment at all as it is located on a former campground.
In order to achieve this feat of strength they decided to lift the cabin off the ground and stack it on a few small pillars made of concrete, then they built a catwalk so that the residents can easily walk from and to the residence in between tall pine trees, across a small valley.

The entrance of the Loop residence is elevated slightly for environmental reasons. It leads to a combined, open-plan kitchen, living and dining room with a central fireplace.
The upper level of the minimalist cabin holds small, tent-like bedrooms that are lit with sunlight.
The side of the 1,600 square foot residence looks similar to a lovely old barn house yet everything modern, timeless.

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Located in Mazama, Washington, the site was enjoyed for many years as a campground by the family. The design minimizes impact to the environment by raising parts of the residence off the ground with small concrete piers. The entry to the house is a slightly elevated walk that leads to the entry and stair. This entry opens up to a 1 1/2 story living space and kitchen which are anchored by a centrally located fireplace and the stair. This stair leads to the “tent like” bedrooms with low walls on the second floor. Both ends of the residence have indoor/outdoor spaces. There is also a deck and elevated catwalk that runs between the trees, across a small valley, and empties onto a grassy clearing in the woods where the family used to camp.

Balance Associates Architects

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Loop Residence Plans

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How do you see the Loop Residence ? What would you like to change ? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below !

Elli Winter

Elli Winter

Elli and her experience in arts and crafts are the backbone of the home improvement content on the website. Elli is responsible for keeping the content up to date as Head of Updates and ensuring that facts and recommendations are valid and trustworthy.

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