Portland, OR, USA
This house was built as a weekend home in the city. Their needs were simple: a small kitchen, two bedrooms, one bath and a space for relaxing or entertaining. The budget was intentionally small but the courage and imagination of the clients were without limit. The floor is a simple heated-concrete slab. Common conceptions of the parts and pieces that typically compose a house are blurred as a structural panel sheathed in sleek galvanized metal on the exterior, and warm, okume-veneer plywood on the interior bends and folds to enclose the interior space, paying no mind to whether it be defined as “wall” or “roof”. Closing in the areas this bent plane frames are huge, floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall glass and aluminum windows and doors of a commercial grade to withstand the weather. It is a home reduced to the most basic elements of what is shelter, rendered in simple metal, glass, wood and concrete, yet never lacking in comfort and a sense of luxury.