The Ganz House

Portland, Oregon

The Masonry and Ceramic Tile Institute Best in NW Award

The Ganz House is designed for a family of four. It is situated on the upper most portion of a twenty acre wooded bluff overlooking the Columbia River and the four highest mountains of the Cascade Range. The house has an elongated, angular form that follows the contour of the site.

The house’s multiple levels and angles are meant to simultaneously orient one to the distant mountains and to the river valley, which lies 1000 feet below. Rooms have different window types, offering landscape panoramas or framed vignettes of the individual mountains.

The principal materials of concrete block and rough sawn timber are balanced by slate floors and refined cabinetry.