Orchard Residence / Steelhead Architecture

Orchard Residence, Steelhead Architecture

Project: Orchard Residence
Architects: Steelhead Architecture
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Area: 5000 ft2
Year 2017
Photographer: Josh Partee

The Orchard Residence is located just outside Portland’s urban growth boundary on former farmland. The abundance of fruit trees on and around the site provided the project name. Our client had just retired from a well known tech company and requested a design that allowed for a secluded retreat that could also function for entertaining. A house suitable for a retired ‘rock star’.

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The house is designed around a rear facing courtyard for maximum privacy. All circulation and the majority of the rooms are oriented towards the courtyard so you are always looking out to the landscape. Large fir trees in front of the house and at the back of the property bookend the central 2-story pavilion structure and provide focal points for the glassy facades. The large patio space off the living area is the primary gathering space with a 20-ft long sliding door system that pockets into the wall for seamless indoor / outdoor circulation.

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The form of the Orchard Residence uses roof and wall planes separated by glass which slide past each other to create a layered composition. At the rear of the house the raised patio and concrete circulation paths float off the landscape and contribute to the horizontal low slung feel. While the immediate landscape is well tended the rest of the site is intentionally left wild creating the oasis feel once you have arrived in the courtyard.

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