2022 Portland Modern Home Tour opens doors to private glass dwellings

Modern architecture was introduced to Portland almost a century ago by Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon and other farsighted architects influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright.

During the post World War II building boom, midcentury modern homes blanketed the city’s outskirts, where larger lots supported sprawling single-level dwellings with beckoning backyards.

Much of today’s new construction is contemporary, a fresh look at traditional with modern hallmarks of indoor-outdoor living created with glass panels and doors, and the fewest interiors walls.

If modern design as well as sustainability and energy-efficiency are passions or curiosities, you’ll see well-executed examples on the 2022 Portland Modern Home Tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

Ticket holders ($40 at mads.media) with a map to the Portland-area custom homes will learn about efficient construction materials and smart design ideas from local architects, designers and builders.

Here are highlights of the 2022 Portland Modern Home Tour as described by event producers, the Modern Architecture + Design Society:

Giulietti Schouten Weber Architects redesigned a 1938 Lake Oswego house into a three-tiered modern dwelling with increased lakefront access and enhanced views.

A steel bridge from the street connects to a series of stacked, offset boxed forms that are positioned for privacy on the east and west sides while glass north walls frame the lake. Landscape platforms cascade to a lake-level terrace and dock.

Riverland Homes, aided by plans from structural engineers with Madden & Baughman Engineering, built the 3,126-square-foot house in 2020 on a steep, narrow lot in the McVey-South Shore neighborhood.