HOUSES by Design: Abstract Effect
With a complete modern remodel, this bold red house in Portland, Oregon, was reinvented without altering its original form.
To breathe new life into this 1910 farmhouse-style home located in an urban neighborhood, Waechter Architecture maintained the original single-gable form but abstracted it for a modern feel. The traditional interior layout was reimagined as one main room per floor. Support spaces were used to create a “thickened edge” into which new windows were cut, with glass set to the inside. The result is rooms that feel protected and private. On the exterior, the 2-ft.-deep windowsills give the illusion of having been carved out. The monochromatic-red color scheme enriches economical cladding materials that include lap siding.
“The Red House serves as an example of progressive architecture that meets contemporary demands while preserving historic forms.” —Ben Waechter, principal
- Designer: Waechter Architecture, waechterarchitecture.com
- Builder: Modern Urban Development
- Project location: Portland, OR
- Photos: David Papazian
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