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November 20, 2015
While primarily imagined as a cultural bastion, Portland is also a hub for architectural excellence.
Glass walls and wood patio on midcentury Portland house painted black

By the time Ty and Kelly Milford had purchased modernist architect Saul Zaik's wood-clad Feldman House in Southwest Portland, a succession of subsequent alterations had marred much of its original design. With its dramatically cantilevered, low-pitched gable roof, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and numerous openings to the outside world, the current home underscores Zaik's achievement while also containing a few necessary contemporary additions. 

 

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Originally appeared in Midcentury Renovation in Portland Capitalizes on Nature with Seven Doors to the Outside
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Skidmore Passivhaus facade

Architect Jeff Stern's eco-friendly home in Portland includes a detached studio connected to the residence by a passageway that mimics the feeling of passing through outdoor space. Along with an open floor plan enhanced by materials like painted sheetrock, concrete floors, and plywood cabinets, the home includes an array of photovoltaic panels that help it maintain Passive House standards. 

 

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Portland dining room with glass garage door

A 796-square-foot dwelling attached to a larger one utilizes a garage door to give the dining area a much larger feel. "The garage door simply lifts out of the way and does not need the same amount of space as french doors or even accordion walls," said lead designer Shannon Baird. 

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Modern prefab modular and triangular home by HOMB in Portland skylight main space

Architect Jeff Kovel designed this prefab home in Northeast Portland for a couple in seeking to use affordable and sustainable building methods. Kovel used 28 HOMB triangular modules to construct the home, and the shape remains a visible leitmotif throughout, from the cantilevered staircase to the honeycomb-inspired ceiling. 

 

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Affordable Portland home

A cantilevered second floor addition wrapped in black corrugated steel gives Nick Oakley's home in the Alberta district of Portland an industrial feel from the outside, one that is countered by the welcoming, wood-dominated interior. 

 

 

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Lara Swimmer
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A gabled house in Portland, Oregon

Unobtrusive from the a street view, Betty Rahman's gabled Portland home belies her modernist leanings inside. The simple white color scheme allows for different furnishings to take center stage, like a custom dining table from Steve White Design. 

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Glass walls and wood patio on midcentury Portland house painted black

By the time Ty and Kelly Milford had purchased modernist architect Saul Zaik's wood-clad Feldman House in Southwest Portland, a succession of subsequent alterations had marred much of its original design. With its dramatically cantilevered, low-pitched gable roof, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and numerous openings to the outside world, the current home underscores Zaik's achievement while also containing a few necessary contemporary additions. 

 

Photo by Grant Harder.

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