North Oregon Coast
Conceptual Design: Russell Creative Group - Jim Russell
Design: Green Gables - Stephen Elliott, Kai Yonezawa
Engineering: Nordling Structural Engineers - John Nordling
Construction: Green Gables
Located on the north Oregon coast, this beach house sits on an unique beachfront site surrounded by dunes and shore pines with unobstructed views of Tillamook Head to the south. A meandering path through a quarter of a mile of dunes and sea grass separates the house from the beach.
Used primarily for weekend excursions and long getaways during their children's summer and winter holidays, the house is tailored for large gatherings. The plan focuses around a large great room anchored by a kitchen, allowing the owner/chef and her husband, to entertain friends and families. Large expanse of windows and openings in the great room connects the space to its immediate surroundings, blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors. The adjacent outdoor space to the west is neatly protected by the buildings adjacent wings from the prevailing summer and winter winds. Bunk rooms and sleeping quarters are located in these adjacent wings flanking the great room. Concrete floors throughout the interior and contrasting cedar siding on the exterior contribute to a simple and basic material palette suitable for its location.