The Roberts Residence program calls for a lifestyle of vertical relationships interacting with seamless flow and movement. Conceived as three vertical towers, this + 2500 s.f. house is carved into the gently sloped but heavily forested site. The structure elevates in order to take of advantage of the stunning beauty of the lush green valley framed by Mounts Jefferson and Hood. Philosophically the house orients to the east as a “lantern of light” capturing the primary views during the day and functioning as a beacon at night. Organizationally, the garage level is used to separate the office functions at ground level from the domestic spaces above. Strategically located glazing and low-key, minimalist details reinforce the role of natural light in creating a feeling of openness. Durable, low-maintenance materials provide a sense of permanence for the towers whose upper portions float in the treetops and grow more light and airy as they rise. Because the exterior form is comprised a simple rectilinear volumes, the façade surfaces rely on projecting elements and extensions to respond to natural forces (sun exposure, cross ventilation, rainfall, winds, etc.) At ground level, clean, natural site materials complement the carved effect of the rising tower.
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