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Boat trips to the San Juan Islands were the highlight of Heliotrope principal Joe Herrin’s summers as a child.  Through these trips he developed a love of boating and a deep connection to the San Juans - one that eventually led he and his wife Belinda to purchase a modest beach cabin on Orcas Island, months after the birth of their first daughter. ...
Project name
Buoy Bay A-Frame
Architecture firm
Joe Herrin, Principal at Heliotrope Architects
Location
Orcas Island, Washington, USA
Photography
Sean Airhart
Filson’s New York flagship store in mid-town Manhattan occupies a 4,000-square-foot former mattress store in an 1800s brownstone located on Broadway, near Union Square. The store showcases the product line in an immersive experience that brings the brand to life in the heart of the city.
Project name
Filson NYC Flagship
Architecture firm
Heliotrope Architects
Location
New York, New York, USA
Photography
Kevin Scott
LIKELIHOOD, a luxury sneaker experience, opens its second location in the downtown area of Seattle near the Amazon Spheres. This new and enlarged 3,000 sf retail space spotlights the creativity and ingenuity of featured brands and offers a gathering space for the LIKELIHOOD community.
Project name
LIKELIHOOD
Architecture firm
Heliotrope Architects
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA
Photography
Kevin Scott
Easily the most challenging property Heliotrope has encountered, the developable portion of this unique west-facing waterfront property in the San Juan Islands fell within a coastal geological buffer, aquatic wildlife buffer, class II wetland buffer, and is situated less than 100 feet from an active bald eagle nest.
Project name
Lopez Lookout
Architecture firm
Heliotrope Architects
Location
Lopez Island, Washington, USA
Photography
Taj Howe
Owners Joe Sundberg, Rachel Johnson, and Patrick Thalasinos have opened their second restaurant on a small neighborhood street in Seattle. Rupee Bar, a follow up to the trio’s well-regarded restaurant Manolin also designed in collaboration with Heliotrope Architects was built entirely by the owners themselves. Inspired by the owners’ journeys to So...
Project name
Rupee Bar
Architecture firm
Heliotrope Architects
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA
Photography
Noah Forbes, Nate Watters, Aaron Leitz
Situated on a busy neighborhood street, the 3,442-square-foot Fauntleroy residence is designed to redirect the homeowners' experience from the busy world of work and school to family connections.
Project name
Fauntleroy Residence
Architecture firm
Heliotrope Architects
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA
Photography
Kevin Scott
The 400-square-foot studio is located behind the Aaron and Kelsi Leitz's residence in West Seattle and serves as a photography studio and office for Aaron, as well as an exercise space for Kelsi, a Pilates instructor. 
Project name
Studio Leitz
Architecture firm
Heliotrope Architects
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA
Photography
Aaron Leitz
Approached initially to consult on site-selection, the firm encouraged the clients to focus on features that are unique to the San Juans such as grassy basalt rock outcroppings set within a Douglas fir and pacific madrone forest. The owners later purchased a hillside parcel possessing these features, the rock outcroppings forming a small clearing.
Project name
Buck Mountain Cabin
Architecture firm
Heliotrope Architects
Location
Orcas Island, Washington, USA
Photography
Taj Howe, Sean Airhart