Peacefully located modern retreat: Party Shack

Party Shack House is one of two houses set side by side in a park like setting in a suburban neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Designed by architecture firm Balance Associates Architects, the houses are arranged to take advantage of an extensive garden that will be developed and of the salmon stream that runs through the property. Curved roofs and similar exterior materials help establish a relationship between the two houses. The building and landscape design are intended to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. They will be built from a unique concrete building block manufactured from wood chip fibers which allows the building envelope to remain vapor permeable. Healthy home materials and practices are used throughout both houses.

Photos: Steve Keating

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