Published in Oregon Home Magazine, this residence was built on a mountaintop west of Portland that faces strong, steady winds. In addition to typical household functions, our clients requested a Chinese kitchen, separated from the rest of the house, a large library, a painting studio, and an enclosed courtyard. The courtyard is tucked into the hillside, and is surrounded on two sides to protect it from the winds. Prominent rooms have views of both Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens.
Sustainability, and constant wind were large considerations for this house. Its Rastra block envelope insulates the house from heat extremes, and muffles the sound of the wind, while a geo-thermal system is used for heating and cooling. A 10 kW wind generator takes advantage of the site’s steady winds to supplement electric power.