Green Built Loft Like House
This modern, loft-like home, built on the foundation of a deteriorated house, was featured on the 2007 Portland Build It Green tour. The home is located on a unique flag shaped property tucked behind and to the east of the client's primary residence. The Kuerbis' asked for a fun, modern guest house with strong connection to their primary yard to the west. In the event that they decide to sell it, they also want the house to exist on it's own with connection to the east yard. Inspiration was drawn from the iconic pavilions and gazebos often found in backyards and parks. These simple structures, with open sides, achieve the perfect sheltered space without disconnecting from the surrounding landscape. The Kuerbis guest home achieves this same sheltered connection to the yard through glass walls on both sides of the living space. Opening the nine foot wide by ten foot tall glazed roll up doors gives an uninterrupted connection to the yard like that of a park pavilion. The new home also draws inspiration from the simple shapes, proportions, and elements of surrounding classic Portland houses. The front porch is a contemporary interpretation of the front porches of the neighboring homes, and although tucked back from the street is positioned for its welcoming presence as viewed down the narrow path from the street. Due to the close proximity of neighbors adjacent to the tight 3000 square foot lot, special consideration was paid to the position of the home's spaces and glazed openings. Windows were placed to frame interesting views, maintain privacy, and invite sunlight. The design uses natural daylight and dynamic forms, lofty volume, and rhythms to transform its small footprint and simple shape into an always changing experience. Multiple exterior cladding materials break down the scale of the home and develop rhythms with the forms, while an abundance of glass welcomes the sunlight to create shadows that continually transform the interior's gallery white walls. Along with its connection to the outdoors, the home lists many environmentally friendly and sustainable features.