5 Questions For: john gentry, gocstudio
July 14, 2014 / Online Exclusive
Name: Jon Gentry
Which of your designs or projects are you most excited about right now and why?
I’m most excited about this new house we are designing in the small town of Home, Washington. Naturally the project is called “HomeHouse” and it’s on a beautiful waterfront site with views of Mount Rainier. The design takes the program elements of the house and arranges them into a series of volumes that both frame your movement through the site as well as your view of the landscape. We are designing a walled garden on the west side of the living room that will focus the view through the house to the water and create a layered experience of indoor and outdoor rooms.
What's your favorite place in the Pacific Northwest and why?
In, on, or viewing the water, with the first being my favorite. Beautiful Colchuck Lake will reward you with all three after a short hike. In late September, when the larch trees turn golden, I want to carry in a big, bright yellow inflatable raft and float it out on the turquoise waters of Colchuck for lunch on the lake.
Tell us three words that embody your design philosophy.
Responsive. Passionate. Misfit.
Who or what are you inspired by right now?
Friends. I surround myself with people that are always creating, making, designing, building. I love to collaborate with these people and have hosted some of them in our Pioneer Square studio for Seattle’s First Thursday art walk. Their work and presence in my life inspires me every day.
What do you think of the color gray?
It’s on its way to being black or maybe sometimes just happily fading away.