The Portland Heights Residence is sited on a ridge of the Tualatin Mountains with views of the Cascade Range, the Willamette River, and the city below. The project includes a main house, guest house and garage, with extensive patios and gardens that cascade down the steeply sloping hillside.
The cedar-clad main house hinges and unfolds as a series of stepping, interconnected pavilions that are joined by concrete hearths and small courtyards. These interstitial courts give focus, light and natural ventilation to the interior living spaces. Opposite the main terrace, the guest house is a simple, rectangular volume clad in native stone. The stone continues as low retaining walls that define the stepped terraces and bind the house to the landscape.