US firm SHED designed the house for a couple transitioning into retirement that wanted a compact, low-maintenance home that embraced its natural setting.
The project, called Whidbey Dogtrot, was informed by traditional dogtrot-style houses, which feature two cabins separated by a central breezeway covered by a communal roof.
Readers are in awe. One commented, "Just what I want. An architecturally-exciting, sensible retirement home in nature".
Other stories in this week's newsletter include an angular concrete-and-glass villa in Italy, a supertall skyscraper designed by Adjaye Associate to look upside down and Balenciaga's new flagship store in London.
Subscribe to Dezeen Weekly
Dezeen Weekly is a curated newsletter that is sent every Thursday, containing highlights from Dezeen. Dezeen Weekly subscribers will also receive occasional updates about events, competitions and breaking news.