The Humberston House

Portland, Oregon

AIA Portland Citation Award
Portland Design Festival Gold Award

The Humberston House was commissioned by a young couple with 4 children. It is located on a triangular acre lot in a suburban neighborhood. The site is shaded by tall trees. It has views across a golf course that impart a sense of being in a pastoral landscape.

The house occupies the shaded portion of the site. Its two wings form a garden courtyard where the most sunlight falls. The living spaces are arranged on the garden level and connect to the courtyard and the lawn surrounding the house with large sliding planes of glass. This level of transparency allows vistas through the house between the garden and the landscape. The house is articulated as rectilinear stucco volumes that have been cut away to reveal panels of wood and glass.