2042 N. Skidmore Ct. | Portland | 97217
Architect: William Kaven Architecture
Built 2011; 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2533 square feet
This house, known as INTERCHANGE, was conceived as a modern domus. As an alternate to dividing the site into the simplistic terms of front yard and back yard, the dwelling would be organized around a central court. The courtyard becomes the outdoor circulation and destination that unifies all activities. One is never entirely indoors or outdoors, rather continually living amongst the two environments, with the slender rooms borrowing light, air, and view, from beyond the threshold; and the courtyard extending its own boundaries through reflections of itself in the glass that surrounds it.
Clean lines and modern details are always the most revealing of imperfection, and here the dedication of the contractors and tradesman is evident in the finished building. Butt glazing meets at clean corners, oak stairs appear sculpted from a single block, trim is flush with biscuit joints; counters are expansive and seamless; and the monolithic fire-pit emerges from the ground solid yet refined, the hearth of the home.
William Kaven was recognized in 2011 for the design of Interchange by the American Institute of Architects.