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San Juan Islands, WA   |   2200 Square Feet

Paul Hayden Kirk (1914-1995) was one of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned twentieth century modern architects. His work in the international style evolved into a regionally appropriate mid-century modern vernacular, and his elegantly efficient residential work has been restored throughout the Seattle area, including Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Juanita. His institutional work included the master plan for the grounds of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair (now the Seattle Center), the Intiman Playhouse, the UW Faculty club, and several Seattle area medical facilities.

Our client, also a highly regarded Seattle architect, purchased a breathtaking island site with a long-abandoned Paul Kirk designed house for the owners of Camp Nor’wester. He invited Warmmodern Living to collaborate with him on the design of the renovation of the original post and beam house, elevated above the site and Sound on concrete piles and clad with cedar shakes and the design of two Lindal additions: a large studio suite and a two story office/ sleeping tower with sweeping views of Puget Sound to the south and west.

The new structures take their architectural and material cues from the original Paul Kirk design energy efficient windows and metal roofing and siding accents to the Lindal western red cedar and douglas fir frames. 

Our work also includes contributing to the design of the master plan, which will connect the three independent structures on two compass-direction axes built of open and covered walkways.

The site as seen from the beach

The site as seen from the beach