Straitsview Farm

Straitsview Farm

Straitsview Farm is a 100-acre farm located in the rain shadow of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains, where it receives a mere 20 inches of rain per year. The goal of the MVVA master plan was to let the site's natural resources and history of cultivation guide the restoration of the landscape.

The island farm runs right down to Puget Sound, with views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Range beyond.

Arriving via a new entry road through a thick evergreen forest, visitors catch the glimmer of the large pond through the trees. Part of the farm’s water storage system, the pond is cooled by the surrounding woods to reduce evaporation. The expanse of water reveals itself as the road crosses a bridge over the pond’s feeder stream.

As it emerges from the forest into farmland, the road aligns with a half-mile evergreen hedgerow along the eastern edge of the property, shielding views from the outside and providing a dramatic counterpoint to the open fields.

Obliquely visible from a compound consisting of the main house, guest house, and barn, a pair of new irrigation ponds receives water released by the upper woodland pond as needed.

Long and thin, these “whale ponds” were imagined as homages to the humpback and gray whales that are frequently visible in the strait below. The water, read as an interruption in the surface of the meadow, imitates the emergence of the whale’s body as it breaches the surface of the ocean.

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Brooklyn, NY 11241

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Cambridge, MA 02138

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16 Court Street, 11th Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11241

718 243 2044

mvva_ny@mvvainc.com

231 Concord Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

617 864 2076

mvva_ma@mvvainc.com

1990 W 41st Avenue

Denver, CO 80211

719 378 4486

mvva_co@mvvainc.com