Shaw Island House

Neck Point, Shaw Island
Project Role:
Principal in charge: David Hall, HKP
Project Designer: David Hall

In the manner of the traditional longhouses of the North Coast Indians, the gable and main axis of the Neck Point House point toward the water. To accentuate this orientation, the entry sequence is centered on the main axis and progresses though a hallway/gallery to the main living space, which is anchored by a central fireplace. The main living spaces are positioned to take full advantage of the peninsula views. With exposed framing and detailing, the house was designed to be a fitting home to its owner’s eclectic collection of Asian and North Coast Indian Art and Craftsman-style furniture.

The scale of the house was kept to a minimum by creating a series of gabled roof planes. Staining the main body of the house a dark color helps to further reduce the scale and blends the house into its forested surroundings. The underside of the eaves and structure are left in a natural tone. Sun shading and ample overhangs help reduce heat and glare and protect the house from the weather.


  • Fine HomeBuilding HOUSES Annual Issue Summer 2006
  • A Contemporary Long House (100-105)
  • Fine HomeBuilding Small Homes Summer 2011
  • A small Long House (32-37)
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