Photo Credit: graypants
“Garage,” as its known, is an award-winning debut architecture project designed by creative studio Graypants. Set along the shores of Vashon Island in Washington State, this once-forgotten garage was transformed into the amazing glowing lakeside cabin you see here.
The studio reinvigorated the tired and worn post World War II structure, as Graypants explains on its website, “separating, and then joyously recombining materials to impart them with new life. Scratched boards become a textured backdrop defining new functions, while the remaining structure is dismantled into flooring, concealing beds and lounges beneath. Reclaimed pine, a discarded basin, and a century-old stove introduce the memories of others: a remix of the familiar and the novel, the past and the future,” resulting in a glowing lakeside cabin.
“Garage” Graypants notes, is a “careful balance of preserving memory of the existing structure and repurposing materials extracted from it. New and old elements have been merged to celebrate the beauty of everyday interactions – such as entering through the solid Corian sliding speakeasy cabinet, illuminating the stretched canvas walls with a mobile phone, revealing hidden beds beneath wooden floor panels that fold into seating, and lighting the century-old wood burning stove.”
Its use of glass is surely its most magnificent characteristic, with the walls and ceiling lined with transparent glazing, allowing light to permeate the space at nearly every turn, as well as offer a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape.
The airy space is said to “celebrate the beauty of everyday interactions” with its minimalist approach, providing a bit of a mysterious, poetic feel.