Firm 151

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LGBTQIA+ owned

Portland, OR


The Quiet House

Located near Portland, Quiet House, a residential dwelling, marries two strikingly different landscape elements: a forest and an open lakefront. Public areas weave the site with full-height glass walls while the private areas hover in a wooden enclosure within the tree canopy.

The lower floors are wrapped in a cleft bluestone that was cut and finger jointed by a local master mason. The upper floor is composed of clear-finished cedar planks. Responding to the timeless wooden boats that still cruise the lake, the detailing is a tight skin that contrasts with the roughness of the stone below. Interior spaces are ordered around a deceptively simple wood and glass staircase. A skylight washes the atrium with natural light. Floors and casework are made of durable black walnut, and wet areas are lined with travertine tiles.

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Status: Built
Location: Lake Oswego, OR, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Builder: Hoffman Construction
Photography: Jeremy Bitterman