Looking back up at the building complex from below, it's possible to see the Refuge and Outlook pattern expressed in the site plan itself. The individual buildings are grouped together but face off into slightly different directions, corresponding to the slope of the land.
Each building looks down nearly perpendicular to the slope, while huddling back toward one another against the slope and the protecting trees to the north. From this secure, higher position back against the grove, their orientations are individual and relaxed, but also watchful, looking out to the open land below.
Each of the three buildings is a simple rectangle, aligned toward the view and culminating in a deep porch. While the buildings and porches are different in function, size, and plan, they share common features, following the pattern Parts in Proportion.
This variety within an overall unity ensures that the complex has a fresh and lively composition. Because the buildings are rotated in the site plan, each porch gets a subtly different view; the main house points directly at Mount Rainier. This slight turning away from each other gives each a sense of privacy and expansiveness.
Patterns of Home
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Part of the ArchitectureWeek Patterns series. Text and images excerpted with permission from Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design by Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, and Barbara Winslow, copyright © 2002 The Taunton Press, Inc. The book is available from The Taunton Press and at Amazon.com.