The Wilkinson residence in Portland was designed by architect Robert Harvey Oshatz in 1997, with construction completed in 2004, and really isn’t so much a tree house as it is a work of modern elegance tucked into a forest.
Located on a flag lot, a steep sloping grade provided the opportunity to bring the main level of the house into the tree canopy to evoke the feeling of being in a tree house. A lover of music, the client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also addressed the flow of music. This house evades the mechanics of the camera; it is difficult to capture the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior. One example is a natural wood ceiling, floating on curved laminated wood beams, passing through a generous glass wall which wraps around the main living room.
It really must be seen to be believed. Actually, if you want to kill 30-minutes this morning, you could do worse than browse through Oshatz’s designs. Saying they are spectacular is an understatement. [via]