Modernist residential architecture adapts to many a time and place, as the recent Portland Modern Home Tour made clear. Modernism can fit into the forest, or fill out an urban lot with multiple condos. It can create a private courtyard for a family, or a wide open view to a terraced garden. It can even launch a Levittown-lookalike Cape Cod house into outer space grooviness.
Here is a slide show trip through time and space, and some of the highlights of the Modern Home Tour. This is where the trip takes us:
First, a classic Northwest Regional Modernist house in the forest, designed by Richard Campbell in 1966, being renovated by Paul McKean last year and this year.
Second, architect Edgar Papazian launches a Levittown-type plain Jane Cape Cod house into hipster grooviness somewhere out there on the space-time continum.
Third, urban infill gracefully fits four homes where once there was one: William Kaven Architecture's North House Condos, on the busy and booming North Williams Bike Corridor.
And last but not least, a courtyard house for a single family: Works Partnership Architecture's design for a Portland version of an inward-oriented courtyard house.