The family that designs together, stays together. Watershed is the name of a writing studio in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon. It belongs to a philosophy professor and well-known nature writer, and was designed by her daughter. The studio is located along the Marys River, uphill from riparian wetlands. Architectural research and design group FLOAT (the designer’s firm) writes:
The writing studio is designed to reveal the ecological complexity of the site to visitors and in this way it is successful: Small tunnels under the studio bring rare reptiles and amphibians into view through the floor-level window. The water collection basin that doubles as the front step draws in birds and deer. At midday, the silhouettes of these animals project from the water onto the interior ceiling. Windows on the west and north sides frame different bird habitats—the tops of fence row trees and the patch of sky at a hilltop updraft. The roof diaphragm amplifies rain sounds and the collection basin is a measure of past rainfall.