Olson Kundig Architects created a beautiful country garden home in Portland, Oregon that respects the lush environment that surrounds it. This 5,300 square foot dwelling was designed to maximize views of the surrounding gardens and rolling hills. It also provides warm and comfortable spaces to meet the lifestyle needs of a multi-generational family. The exterior facade is clad in reclaimed barnwood, evoking a farm structure or even a greenhouse with its gridded fenestration and high pitched roof. Tall windows flank either side of the main volume, flooding the interiors with natural light.
Project Team: Architecture: Olson Kundig Architects| General Contractor: Otis Construction | Civil Engineer: ZTEC Engineers, Inc. | Consultant: Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors | Consultant: Spearhead | Landscape Architect: Daniel J. Hinkley | Lighting Designer: Brian Hood Lighting Design, Inc. | Structural Engineer: Madden & Baughman Engineering, Inc.
What We Love: This magnificent country home offers a tranquil setting that can be enjoyed throughout the interiors of this home. We are loving the design of the exterior facade, with it’s barn-like aesthetic and beautiful use of materials. This lovely aesthetic is carried into the interior, creating a wonderful environment for family gathering.
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Above: To enter into this country home, one travels underneath beautiful leafy trellis to the front door. Stepping inside reveals a vista through the living room and beyond to a lush hillside. A long corridor provides a separation between the more intimate bedroom spaces and the main living spaces. This home is designed for a master gardener, so it was important that the gardens be visible from every room.
Above: A green roof continues this dwelling’s emphasis on integrating into its natural surroundings.
Above: The material selections used on the interior incorporate an earthy palette. A layering of textures nods to the outdoors gardens, while exposed timber ceilings in the main room lends a sense of rustic refinement. A floor-to-ceiling stone clad fireplace provides a visual separation between the living room and the den.
Above: The homeowner’s personal expression can be found throughout this country home in their extensive art collection. Custom built-in cabinetry displays a rich collection of Asian porcelain. In the dining room, a hand-painted mural is by Leo Adams.
Above: Outdoor spaces and ponds are easily accessed through French doors, providing ample spaces for family gatherings in the lushly landscaped surroundings. Interior walls are clad in cedar, while the flooring is reclaimed Baba fir. These materials compliment the exquisite mix of antique and contemporary furnishings — such as the coffee table designed by the architect.
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Photos: Jeremy Bitterman