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:
A 1926 house in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood renovated by Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio and Akos Construction earned net-zero energy certification from Earth Advantage, a Portland-based nonprofit that promotes quality energy efficient, sustainable structures.
The high-performance, 2,100-square-foot house, completed this year, has triple-pane windows, extra insulation and efficient mechanical systems such as an energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system that provides a continuous fresh air flow.
The exterior cedar siding and hardwood flooring are from sustainably managed forests. Shiplap sheathing from the original, 468-square-foot home was used for trim pieces.
Other sustainable features include solar panels, green pipe water supply lines and rainwater harvesting for flushing and irrigation.
Blueprint Earth, a landscape design and build firm, and Pomarius Nursery created outdoor gathering spaces, beyond the large covered deck.
A midcentury modern house in Southwest Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood has been updated by Outside Architecture. Walnut casework and accents built and installed by S.G. Martin Woodworks add warmth and visual interest against white walls.
The 3,400-square-foot house, constructed in 1967 and renovated this year by Akos Construction, has interior furnishings, fixtures and décor curated by Wendy Scott Design.
The walk-around fireplace with new stacked bond brick is a focal point of the house, which also has entertainment spaces that extend into the deck and backyard.
A contemporary dwelling in Southeast Portland’s Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood was constructed in 2019 by Hinge Build Group, a team of designers, builders and Passive House consultants.
The 2,600-square-foot structure is powered by a 10 kilowatts solar array that provides more electricity than the house and an electric car use in a year.
Custom wood planks define the entry to the house. The vaulted ceiling in the great room is covered by Douglas Fir reclaimed from a previous house on the property.
The swimming pool was intentionally insulated from the environment, which helps regulate the water temperature.
Giulietti Schouten Weber Architects
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.
A Bauhaus modern house in Raleigh Hills was designed by Potestio Studio in an L-shape around a garden courtyard.
The influential Bauhaus movement championed geometric structures made of industrial materials like concrete, steel, and glass without adornments a century ago.
The 4,500-square-foot house on the tour was commissioned by a family of six that wanted five bedrooms and easy access to the outdoors. The rectilinear stucco exterior is punctuated by panels of wood and glass, and wood-framed windows and siding doors.
Custom homebuilder Don Tankersley & Co. installed a curving brass-rail staircase and other dramatic, yet practical features inside the house that was completed in 2005.
The triangular, acre lot has a terrace overlooking the sloping lawn.
Lightshed, a custom modern home with a pragmatic, clean-lined shed roof in Cedar Mill, was designed and built by Rezide Modern Homes to highlight the landscape.
The 14-foot-wide cantilevered roof line creates a cover to the outdoor kitchen and al fresco entertaining spaces.
The 4,150-square-foot dwelling, completed this year, has a dining area with a two-story wall of glass. Midcentury-modern design inspired the interior slat walls and privacy-providing clerestory windows.
The design-build firm specializes in employing organic materials that relate to the natural surroundings to “make the elemental part of everyday life,” according to the firm’s principals Dave Williams and Paula Tin Nyo.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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