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Eerkes Architects reveals Surly Crab, a beach house on Hood Canal in Seabeck, Washington

Project name:
The Surly Crab
Architecture firm:
Eerkes Architects
Hood Canal, Seabeck, Washington, USA
Tools used:
Principal architect:
Les Eerke
Design team:
Lauren Rist
Built area:
3,900 ft²
Site area:
5,000 ft²
Design year:
Completion year:
Allworth Design (landscape architecture), Quantum Consulting Engineers (structural engineering), Fradkin Fine Construction (general contractor)
Notion Workshop
In Progress
Residential › House

Eerkes Architects: The Surly Crab is a modern beach house located on Hood Canal in Washington state. Views to the west take in the waterway and the Olympic Mountains. Inland from the home is a lush forest with ferns, native rhododendrons, madrona, and fir trees. Envisioned as a retreat where friends can gather and admire this particularly rich natural landscape, Surly Crab rests on the shoreline and rises into the trees offering both big view moments of the mountains and Hood Canal and smaller scale, often missed delights.

Surly Crab is partitioned into three structures. The two-story main living area adjacent to the beach is located on the footprint of an old fishing cabin. Further back, the guest wing and primary bedroom wing are elevated and hug the edge of the forest. Glazed hallways connect the structures and open to views both near and far, while transitioning from one part of the home to the other. By separating the program into three structures, the configuration results in a variety of relationships between the architecture and the surrounding landscape.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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