The curvilinear floating house

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This is the Fennell Residence in Portland, Oregon, designed in 2001, completed in 2005.

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The Fennell residence, as a floating house, presented a unique opportunity for design.

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The imaginative use of curved glue lam beams evoke the poetry of the ripples and contours of a river. The expansive glass facade embraces the river and frames the sunset, and one accesses the deck via an expansive sliding glass door.

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A master bedroom sits over a study and looks out over the living dining area and out to the river beyond.

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The curvilinear forms create spacial differentiation that enhance the experience of time as light plays through the daily and seasonal changes.

Robert Harvey Oshatz, Architect

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