The challenge of this project was to breath new life into an existing 1910 farmhouse style building located in an urban SE Portland neighborhood. A balance between old and new was desired: memory of the original balanced with freshness and vitality of the new.
The solution was to maintain the original form, but abstract it into a modern sculpture.
Furthering the experience of the building as a singular form, the traditional interior was reimagined as one main room per floor with support spaces surrounding these main rooms, thereby creating a “thickened edge.” New windows were cut into this thickened edge with the glass set to the inside. From the outside, the two-foot deep window sills give a carved out and sculptural appearance.
Location: Portland, OR, US