Much like an interspecies merger like the “liger,” part lion, and part tiger, this house is a hybrid species: part-banal-gable, part-contemporary-alien, cohesively interwoven at the genetic level.
An existing 1941 pseudo-Cape Cod-style builder’s box was radically reconfigured, resulting in something post-contextual.
The house was axially reoriented to better fit its site. It was also opened up inside to create a continuous circulation and surgically altered by a curvilinear series of interventions that accentuated these planning moves. These interventions included continuous radial ceiling coves, galvanized steel dormers, the central bookshelf-stair, mantelpiece, etcetera.
In addition to being used as a set on the television show "Portlandia" featuring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, this project was published in ReadyMade magazine, Portland Monthly magazine, The Oregonian newspaper, the Hyperallergic blog, Portland Architecture blog, Apartment Therapy, Curbed National, and Architizer.
Photographs 4,5,6,8 copyright Lincoln Barbour.