We know exactly where we want to ride out the rest of coronavirus. In this glass-wrapped, modern masterpiece, elevated high above Portland in one of the country’s largest urban forests.
This two-story “Royal” dwelling is located in the city’s coveted Forest Park neighborhood. It’s the first of nine homesites from award-winning William/Kaven Architecture.
“We have an appreciation for what is natural and already there. Glass and natural-looking elements play into that strong connection to the landscape,” Daniel Kaven told The Oregonian.
“You can’t hear traffic noise, but you can hear the sounds of birds and rain on the trees.”
The 4,352-square-foot home boasts a spectacular geometric façade and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. As would be expected from a house in the trees, the designers wanted to accentuate the feeling of bringing the outside in.
Wall-to-wall sliding glass doors open up to large terraces and unobstructed views of the natural flora.
Once inside, the impressive 1.5-story foyer is illuminated by clerestory windows. It leads to the great room, featuring white oak floors with dark walnut inlay borders. A bold wood-burning fireplace serves as an anchor.
Just off the living area, a sitting area overlooks the lush landscape. Ebony inlays on the floor—a signature designer touch—cleverly defines the space within the open floor plan.
The open kitchen sports two skylights, Tom Dixon pendant lighting, sliding glass pocket doors, and handcrafted oak cabinetry. An adjacent space can be used as a home office or media room.
An iron staircase leads to the first floor, housing the property’s four bedrooms. Each has its own private balcony.
The swoon-worthy principal bedroom, surrounded by glass, seems to float off the side of the house.
Doors open up to a large wraparound terrace. A connecting light-filled bathroom has a deep soaking tub and spa-like amenities.
The designers made a point to optimize sun exposure throughout the day. Bedrooms are engulfed with morning rays. Southern light floods kitchen and living areas.
The cantilevered property is located on a .65-acre plot, less than 500 feet from the famous 30-mile Wilwood Trail. While seemingly remote, it’s just minutes from downtown Portland.
“The house was set up to be a refuge to work remotely while the kids play in the forest like Ewoks,” says Kaven. “This is a beautiful, destination-type place to come home to.”