Houses, streets, factories – modern architecture has many faces. But in this post, let’s take a look at the magical blend of modern and nature.

How do you design an ultra-modern retreat for a family in the middle of the forest and at the same time treat nature and the historic farm next door with respect? This is shown by the architects from Seattle with great structures and homes in Whidbey Island.

Featuring Whidbey Island Modern Architecture


Your solution: no fear of opposites?

In order to visually disrupt the impressive panorama of Whidbey Island and the old farm buildings next door as little as possible, top designers came up with several glass rooms that combine to form a whole with a courtyard outlined by a low basalt stone wall.

The result: magical!

Firs, bushes, and ferns enclose the minimalist living structure and provide privacy and security despite the glass outer walls. The transparent fronts also allow the inside to blend with the outside – and enable life in the middle of nature. And all without classic hut romanticism. A harmonious palette of natural woods, concrete, local stone types, window frames made of dark oak, solid-colored walls and accents made of black metal complete with contemporary necessities such as centralized heating and gas hob installation bring urban modernism into the forest. For all materials used, the architects paid attention to robustness, durability, and sustainability; The cedarwood, for example, which defines most of the interior, is recycled and comes from the camp of the family’s grandfather.

Whidbey Island Homes demonstrates impressively – and extremely tempting – that modern architecture does not have to be a thorn in the side of nature and also works in the context of a historic farm.

“Form follows function” – the form follows the function. That was the most important creed of the modern age. The architectural era developed in the early 20th century, after the First World War. Buildings made of steel, glass, concrete and brick, which were characterized by uncomplicated simplicity, were their trademark. At the same time, the modernity as a whole is hard to grasp, its developments and designs are so diverse and diverse. Expressionism, Bauhaus, New Building, New Objectivity, Functionalism, Minimalism and other trends are associated with the modern. What is certain is that it represents a turning point in design that has influenced and inspired architects to this day.