The Birch House

Vancouver, Washington

AIA Portland Honor Award
AIA NW and Pacific Honor Award
Portland Design Festival Bronze Award

A Singapore based businessman commissioned this house as a retreat from the business world. The 3500 square foot house occupies a gently sloping lot on the north shore of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington. It has expansive views of the river and to the east, Mt. Hood.

The house is conceived as a sequence of accentuated spaces that guide one from the street to the river. The entry sequence begins with a narrow garden pathway that leads to the front door. It culminates in a two-story living space with a window wall that captures the river beyond. The interiors are punctuated with wood lattice screens that provide layering and definition to the spaces. Inverted bay windows focus views to the river, the trees and the sky.