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Project Update: Neah Bay Beach House Build Event

Apr 10, 2015

Neah Bay, WA

In collaboration with the Pomegranate Center, VIA’s Community Design Studio is providing design services for a free-standing beach house pavilion in Neah Bay, WA.  Situated on the dramatic Pacific Ocean-facing shore known as Hobuck Beach, the pavilion is located near the northwest tip of the contiguous United States.  Its covered space will provide the Makah Tribe with gathering space for community events and dance rehearsals, as well as a separate artist studio designed to accommodate carving and weaving activities.  The heavy timber columns showcase carved designs by the local artists.

 

Totem Painting

Totems

The majority of the structure was completed in the winter of 2014/2015, and it has been named Be?is, which means “Beach House” in the traditional Makah language.  From today (Friday, April 10) through Thursday, April 15 the Makah community, the Pomegranate Center, Forterra, and a few representatives from VIA will be participating in a build event to complete the remaining artistic elements of the project.

 

Live Edges and Pillar DetailBe?Is, Beach House

A total of 40 cedar benches will be constructed and carved.  The carved elements are designed such that, when not in use, the benches can be stacked in groups of five to reveal a complete image.  During inclement weather, the bench stacks can be placed between the carved columns to block wind-driven rain and allow the events to continue.

 

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Large profile cedar channel siding will be installed on the artist studio, referencing the traditional Makah longhouse construction in a modern way.  The leftover live edge cuts from the benches will be used as creative treatment around the doors and edges of the artist studio to make it unique and eliminate material waste.  Artists will be creating woven cedar elements which will be cast in resin panels and installed in lieu of glass into the doors to the studio.

An outdoor fire circle will be constructed of stones from the site, along with stepped access down to the beach.

This is going to be a very exciting event, bringing together folks from all walks of life and various communities to create art and realize a vision.  Stay tuned for final project images!