Construction has started on the Nathan Residence, a Portland Mid Century home. The Nathan’s are not new to construction, this is their second project on this house. The first project was completed about 7 years ago when they painstakingly added 1000 sf with the exact detailing of the original home. Post & Beam construction of the 1950′s is very different from current construction standards and it is very difficult to match the minimal construction techniques while meeting the current energy and seismic codes. They did an amazing job with the addition and even the most discerning eye would have a very hard time telling where the old home ended and the new began. When I first met with the Nathan’s they shared their construction stories from round 1 and I knew these two had good taste and high expectations. The scope of work was to renovate the original half of the house and add a covered deck, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, new kitchen and wet bar, and make the entry of the house friendlier. The challenge was to make the remodel look and feel like it had always been there while adding modern conveniences. Being a fan of mid century design I was up to the challenge.
Below are renderings from the design process:
Final photos of the Goldstar Portland office. Thanks to Lincoln for the great photos. The living wall is designed by the talented landscape designer Lauren Hall-Behrens of Lilyvilla Gardens.
I started working with Goldstar last fall designing the interiors of their new Portland Office. It was a quick project, designed and built out about 3 months. Today I finally met up with the talented Lincoln Barbour to photograph the space. I started talking to Lincoln about photographing the space in early December but there were a few delays… his wife had a baby, then there were the holidays, and then at the end of January we adopted our darling baby boy. So here we are almost 5 months later! The space still looks great, the living wall is filling in nicely minus a few plants that don’t like sunlight (who knew?). I’m looking forward to the finished photos. Here are some snap shots I took during the shoot. (notice the matching red beards, cute!).
2012 was a fantastic year and I have many things to be thankful for. Work has steadily picked up in Portland and I feel very lucky to be working with many wonderful people here. My house was published in the August issue of Portland Monthly. Construction was completed on the Davis Residence- a major milestone for my business as the first new construction home under risa boyer architecture actually built. Last, but not least, my friends & family have provided much joy in my life and I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by so many of them. I look forward to all that 2013 has to offer!
Lincoln Barbour photographed our house for the August issue of Portland Monthly magazine, which I was quite excited about. Now I’m even more thrilled because I have copies of some of the photographs without me or my family (or cat) in them to use for my portfolio.
I have been working with Goldstar.com on their new Portland office that will house the developers of the website. The space is an old industrial cold storage building in SE Portland, it has concrete walls, giant wood posts and beams and structural steal bracing. Below are a few pictures right after the furniture was installed. The space was an empty shell before we started, we added a new conference room, telephone room, open workstations and a lounge area. They have been a fun client to work with and I’m excited about the end results. A living wall and some hanging planters will add a nice finishing touch.
Photos are all architects have after months, usually years, of hard work spent on a project. We don’t end up with a product we can hold and share or hang on our wall. In residential design, especially, we pass our realized design onto the client to occupy and love and we are left with a photograph. That is if we actually get around to photographing the project. I am coming to realize how important it is to properly document my work. I chose to work with a very talented photographer named Natalia Knezevic in Los Angeles to shoot the Davis Residence and I am quite pleased with the results.
Here it is, the digital version of the Portland Monthly article written about our house. To view either click here or scroll around below.
Possibly the trickiest project I have designed from a permitting standpoint, the Davis Residence is complete! When I was in LA in May I stopped by Danny’s new house to see how moving-in was going. He was still getting settled but I was able to take a few snapshots. The house looks great!
The house, built on a super tight budget, is a tiny 2 story house taking full advantage of the amazing view of Echo Park hills, Elysian Heights and downtown LA. The site is steeply sloped down from the street and the front property line is located 7 1/2 feet from the sidewalk. Because of both of these factors we had to create a 16′ long concrete driveway bridge which spans from the street to the new two car garage (required by Zoning). The house is around 930 sq ft and has 2 bedroom 2 baths. The main entry, located on the lower level, is accessed from the existing site stairs but there is also access in from the garage. Cantilevered decks on each level expand the living space and reach toward the views.
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of visiting friends who lives an idyllic life on the Northern California coast at The Sea Ranch. Sea Ranch is located on an amazing 7 mile stretch of coast about 2-1/2 hours North of San Francisco. It is a fantastic development designed and planned in the 1960′s by several well known architects . Modern, cedar sided, angular homes are nestled in the hedgerow to keep vast expanses of the native coastal meadow in tact. Charles Moore, Joseph Esherick and William Turnbull are a few of the architects who developed the iconic Sea Ranch style. A quote I came across from one of the founding architects in an NY Times article sums up the style in a fairly humorous and honest way. “Buildings were meant to be like geodes, ordinary rocks on the outside with the inside going gangbusters.” I especially love this quote because of what I experienced on my latest trip. My friends, Peter Jenny- an architect and Scott Graf- a landscape designer, have found their niche at Sea Ranch and every visit I get wonderful tours and bits of history as they learn more and more about this wonderful place. This visit, Peter took me to his newest obsession, the Moonraker Athletic Center by Charles Moore, one of the original buildings.
The building is pretty interesting and has a very strong architectural concept but what I was totally blown away by was what was inside. As you enter the men’s locker room you are greeted by a very narrow hallway and huge, bright Supergraphics! They lead you down the hall and into a tall changing room with different levels and on every wall is more graphics. The graphics were part of the original design and were created by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, the designer of all The Sea Ranch graphics. She was also an influential designer of the Supergraphics movement.
The men’s locker room is multi leveled filled head to toe with graphics while the women’s locker room (below) is about a quarter the size, one level and has much more modest graphics. Interesting right?
Thank you Peter for the fun & inspiration!