These particular clients began this project with two dreams. His was to house an exquisite collection of sports and GT cars amidst the natural beauty of the outdoors. Hers was to create a haven of relaxation and comfort to pamper the soul. He wanted not only to exhibit the cars, but also to maintain and care for them himself. She envisioned a pristine spa setting with every luxury at her fingertips. Both required state-of-the-art facilities in every respect. The result was an unusual collection of program spaces that included car storage and display space, gear and tool storage areas, an exercise facility, spa, and guest apartment.
The 90 acre site is a third growth forest adjacent to the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River- filled with Cedars, Douglas Fir and other coniferous trees. The new hybrid structure is set parallel to the existing house, which is located three hundred feet to the east. Meandering foot and vehicular paths take one through this darkened and dense forest, past massive rock outcroppings, to this "found object" which will be placed surgically into the site thereby causing the least amount of damage to the surrounding flora. One day we hope to see the moss and ferns interacting with the concrete walls of this building.
The exterior is comprised primarily of two materials: cast-in-place concrete and teak. Concrete was selected because of its durability, resistance to weather, zero maintenance and its contrast to the items stored within its poured walls. The somewhat rough concrete wall surfaces call even more attention to the perfectly machined automobile finishes. Teak was selected for its warm color, durability and low maintenance.
The design brought these two dreams together in adjacent structures connected by a glass-covered bridge. Each space overlooked the harmony found between the reaching trees and the flowing creek. In the end, the final schematic design could not generate the missing harmony between the clients which is necessary in order to complete a project of this magnitude.