Located on an infill site on Southeast Portland's Mount Tabor, the Ash + Ash house, designed by architects Hennebery Eddy, combines stylish modern design with an array of eco-friendly features, making the home largely independent of the city's water and electrical systems. Outdoor living is a key ingredient of the design, with a variety of outdoor porches and terraces providing space to enjoy the views at various times of day and in different kinds of weather. Extensive use of glass throughout the house reduces the barrier between inside and out, while an L-shaped floor plan provides a private setting for the pool terrace.
Outside, the LEED-certified home features a storm water management system which allows water to irrigate the landscape onsite, rather than draining away into the city’s sewers. A separate rainwater recovery system provides potable water for the house. A geo-exchange heat pump produces heat from groundwater and solar arrays are used to power the house and heat the pool as well. Exterior blinds and deep cedar overhangs shade the extensive windows and LED light fixtures with auto-dimming minimize the use of electricity for lighting.
The exterior walls were created using white stucco planes with large panels of inset glass and cedar. The structure sits on a base of dark grey ironspot brick and exposed raw steel panels. The exterior cedar overhangs extend inside the house, forming the varied-height ceilings. White marble inside echoes the white stucco outside, adding to the seamless flow between the exterior and interior of the house.
Via Arch Daily
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