Designed by Prentiss Balance Wickline (2014).
Located in Edmonds, Washington, USA.
Photos by YE-H Photography.
Description by Prentiss Balance Wickline.
Situated atop a bluff near a waterfront railroad and major ferry line, this site has a tremendous amount of liveliness to be inspired by, as well as a significant amount of activity to provide shelter from.
This project presented an opportunity to respond to the client’s wishes for a home with a sense of privacy while prioritizing the stunning views of the Olympic Mountains. 
The resulting concept draws from the theory of “prospect and refuge”: walking through the various layers of solid walls and protected spaces, the homeowners can enjoy a sense of security even with floor-to-ceiling glass. Through a sequence of volumes and landscape elements, a solid public face gives way to private spaces where indoor and outdoor become blurred.