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Architect: Risa Boyer Architecture, Location: Portland, Oregon
From the architect: "The house was designed for family gatherings, three generations coming together to spend quality time together. It has fun, child-centric rooms to sophisticated design details like the steel stair. A small 'tree house' guest suite sits adjacent to the house to provide a quiet spot when the house is overrun with family. The property is located on the end of a private drive, on a very scenic part of the river next to tall cliffs with a seasonal waterfall."
Architect: Office of Architecture, Location: New York, New York
From the architect: "The owners of this 11-foot-wide row house in Brooklyn were faced with a conundrum that many young families in New York eventually confront: the possibility of sacrificing location for space. After living in the house for eight years, the pair—architect/Yale critic Aniket Shahane and jewelry designer Blanca Monros Gomez—chose to expand in order to make room for their two growing children and remain in the Brooklyn neighborhood they had come to admire. The original two-story, 1,000-square-foot home was completely gutted and extended to four levels by adding a bedroom suite above and digging a new urban mudroom below. The narrowness of the house required the design to make effective yet frugal use of space; every inch was important."
Architect: Heliotrope Architects, Location: Orcas Island, Washington
From the architect: "Conceived as a minimalist retreat, the marching orders for this project were as follows: 'when I arrive and sit my bags down, I want to feel as though I’ve stepped into a modern art gallery.' The design response strips the material palette down to black metal cladding, white stucco, Carrara marble and gray concrete. The owners, both dedicated art collectors and creators, desired a flexible space easily reconfigured over time."
Architect: Davey McEathron Architecture, Location: Austin, Texas
From the architect: "One of the primary goals of this 4,100-square-foot front-to-back duplex was to create a form that graphically allows its occupants to feel a sense of individual ownership within a shared building, while embracing the idea of density in a rapidly expanding city. On a narrow 50-foot-wide sloped lot, each unit is focused towards its own, private yard."
Architect: Scott Edwards Architecture, Location: Portland, Oregon
From the architect: "The Music Box Residence was designed around the intimate and communal qualities of music and family. The steep lot, with views towards Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier, dictated a multi-level structure. On the lowest level, surrounded by concrete walls, resides the timpani rehearsal room. The husband, a member of the Oregon Symphony, required space and acoustic separation for practice. On the main level sits the piano studio where the wife’s students come to learn and play. Her studio opens onto the main living room and covered outdoor living area for recitals and parties. The upper level houses the couple’s children, parents, and guests."
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