Aloft in the Forest

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January 16, 2009
Originally published in Profiles in Creativity
Among the many problems of urban living in Portland, Oregon, are raccoons, deer, and falling trees. It’s not just that woods and forests persist inside the city limits but also the fact that a city was densely built amidst them. Despite such hazards, Stefan and Nicole Andrén built a sleek modernist loft nestled in trees atop a forested ridge that snakes behind the city’s downtown.
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  Uninspired by the loft options in downtown Portland, Oregon, the Andréns opted to design and build their own freestanding version in the hills just minutes from the city.
    Uninspired by the loft options in downtown Portland, Oregon, the Andréns opted to design and build their own freestanding version in the hills just minutes from the city.
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  The wooded site allowed for  soaring, curtainless windows that the couple couldn’t have enjoyed downtown.
    The wooded site allowed for soaring, curtainless windows that the couple couldn’t have enjoyed downtown.
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  The couple lounges in their great room. The 16-foot-high windows are from Milgard.
    The couple lounges in their great room. The 16-foot-high windows are from Milgard.
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  The Andréns’ ingenious use of affordable materials is perhaps best illustrated in their kitchen, where all the cabinets and even the faucet are from IKEA.
    The Andréns’ ingenious use of affordable materials is perhaps best illustrated in their kitchen, where all the cabinets and even the faucet are from IKEA.
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  Stefan at work in his studio.
    Stefan at work in his studio.
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  Interior wood stairs are pared with a top-floor steel staircase outside.
    Interior wood stairs are pared with a top-floor steel staircase outside.
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  The house’s open spaces are minimally furnished with modern classics like Verner Panton chairs in the dining area.
    The house’s open spaces are minimally furnished with modern classics like Verner Panton chairs in the dining area.
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  A Corbusier chaise and Eileen Gray end table fill out the corner of the couple's high-ceilinged living area, which helps create the desired loftlike feel of the home.
    A Corbusier chaise and Eileen Gray end table fill out the corner of the couple's high-ceilinged living area, which helps create the desired loftlike feel of the home.
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