The Staples House

Portland, Oregon

The Staples House is commissioned by couple with two young children. They provided a brief that describes an open, flexible and informal space. It is sited on a terraced slope in a wooded area with expansive views of the valley and mountains beyond.

The design calls for three floors framed with a grid of columns and beams such that the main spaces can be free of bearing walls. This open space is most utilized on the two lower levels. On the bedroom floor, the master suite has privacy, but the children’s rooms will be divided by sliding panels that when opened allow the rooms to be joined.

Steel columns and commercial glazing systems are combined with wood floors and cabinets to create an environment that is both minimalistic yet inviting.