The curvilinear floating house


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


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


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.


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


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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