Scheme: New Build House / Client: Private / Type: Residential / Location: Portland, Oregon, US
This building project, whose client is a mountain guide in the Pacific North West, builds upon the traditional vernacular architectural forms and rhetoric of the US prairie house. Starting with an open veranda on all sides, a common room is focused around a hearth, lit from above via a glazed chimney stack, and contained in a heavily constructed brickwork form. Two bedrooms with ensuite spaces sit on the opposite side with views across the meadow. Although the compositional articulation of these spaces draws its roots from surrounding architectural styles and influences, the overall design is inherently contemporary.
The site is a lease hold field, with a windswept westerly aspect against the forest edge. Therefore the house is sited leeward of a planted orchard, which acts as a wind break, whilst referencing the grid of the timber farmed veranda.