Chris Pardo, of Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture, designed this modern island retreat as a small vacation cabin on the island of Marrowstone in Washington state. Built by Method Homes as a prefab modular unit, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom model, called Element 1, sits on waterfront property and blends with the surrounding natural landscape.

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

The design houses 825 square feet, which is partially covered in floor-to-ceiling windows that open up onto a deck. The windows frame the wooded and coastal views of the Puget Sound.

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

On the other side, the corner with the bedroom opens up as well, filling the space with light.

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

The exterior is clad in corten rusted steel and cedar siding, both of which will stand up to the elements.

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

The window walls frame the breathtaking water views and make the separation between the indoors and outdoors dissolve.

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

The energy efficient unit features FSC bamboo flooring and custom maple cabinetry.

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category

A Modern Retreat on the Island of Marrowstone in architecture  Category