Architect: Hoffmans Architecture
Contractor: Axiom Luxury Homes
The submitted design is a single-family residence located below the historic Lewis and Clark Memorial Highway and above the mighty Columbia River. The project incorporated several challenging constraints, from a noisy highway and a sloping site, to incorporating “Vastu principles” in the building layout.
Vastu principles were used in siting the house and formulating room adjacencies because expressing the client’s Indian heritage in the design was an important goal. These principles include a north entry, a southwest-facing master bedroom, an east-facing guest bedroom and a light-filled central space. The central open space became the main focal point of the design, which included direct and indirect natural daylight and artificial lighting from the South, West and North.
The house also needed to maximize views of the Columbia River, Portland skyline and the Tualatin Mountains from the kitchen, dining room, living room, guest bedroom and master bedroom. To celebrate these views from the interior rooms, the design and siting borrows concepts from a Miegakura garden—upon approach, the exterior design partially obscures the view. When entering the home, an interior art wall also obscures the view until one is completely in the central, light-filled open space.
This project is unique in its spatial dichotomy of cultural traditions and modern openness. The traditional Vastu central open-space concept also is a relatively new and modern room arrangement, in which the kitchen and living room share the same space. This arrangement naturally allows entertaining around the kitchen island to extend into the living room—all with spectacular views.
Photos: Justin Krug Photography