The Garage, Washington

The Garage, Washington

Design studio Graypants has been in business since 2007, the collaborative project of Seattle’s Seth Grizzle and Jon Junker, who,


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Design studio Graypants has been in business since 2007, the collaborative project of Seattle’s Seth Grizzle and Jon Junker, who, though trained as architects, waited seven years to launch their first building. Called the Garage, it’s an open, multi-purpose space built on a lake near Emerald City, that reflects the lines of the original structure that stood in its place — yes, a garage.

“Mystery, memory, poetry and light,” write Graypants. “Reinvigorating a tired, post World War II structure (aka: shitty garage) which was worn and forgotten. The existing was rich with stories, its walls layered with past impressions of formwork and family dinners. 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.

“The garage aims to make design mysterious. Making mundane tasks of our lives into opportunities that create beauty through joyful interaction. Providing a canvas that allows imagination to make new old and old new. The new becoming a theatre to watch the old gradually fade away. This space wasn’t about ordinary…it was about touching on boundaries of what is ordinary.”

Indeed, the short film found below the photos was set inside the project and gives the structure an arty, trippy, avant garde sheen, adding layers of complexity and imagination to what at first glance seems the simplest of spaces. (Note: mild nudity ensues…)

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Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite. To see more weekend cabins, visit the Weekend Cabin channel page.


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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
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  • Stuke Sowle
    Stuke Sowle
    Reply

    Yes please!

  • Jimت
    Jimت
    Reply

    I could get used to that!

  • Donna Oertling Begneaud
    Donna Oertling Begneaud
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    The design team needs to consult an interior decorator or at least some real people- two chairs and a Firestove?

  • Judith Zandler
    Judith Zandler
    Reply

    Nice& cozy!:-)

  • Danilo Costa
    Danilo Costa
    Reply

    Bellisima

  • Caroline Blasco
    Caroline Blasco
    Reply

    Jonathan Beach

  • Betsy
    Reply

    not so much a cabin as a beach cabana…
    do I see the main house in the background of the pic with trees?
    a complete cabin needs facilities for sleeping, cooking, and bio-relief. (Just my .02 lira)

  • Robin
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    i like it.

  • Aiste Siauryte Solly
    Aiste Siauryte Solly
    Reply

    Beautiful!

  • Outdoor Retailer
    Outdoor Retailer
    Reply

    how cool!

  • Sylvester
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    sweet lighting, but way too sparse. needs some bunbeds and bookshelves, or at least a little kitchen.

  • Pearl
    Pearl's Oyster
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    nice to be sheltered fm pouring rain and cold air but still feel part of the outdoors…would be good in very private setting but not if there were other buildings around where neighbours could enjoy a view into this building

  • Greta
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    Love this! What a stunning place- and some pretty fabulous photos!

  • Nick
    Reply

    Interesting concept that has the potential to be an awesome cabin.

  • JimP
    Reply

    Beds?

  • Cholocate
    Reply

    Reminds me of a house boat that is a come along belonging to a PT Boat

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