Cutler Anderson Architect has designed a single-family residence in Newberg, OR that embraces nature by taking advantage of its beautiful surroundings. The residence, engineered by MBE, utilizes Corten steel moment frames to achieve the open front of the house that meets the pond. General Contractor R+H from their Bend, Oregon office.
The design focus was on making the pond and residence one entity, where the house overlooks and hugs the pond. There’s also a 550 sq-ft guest house on the property that has a choreographed approach, where visitors park their vehicles 150 ft away from the house to experience an unforgettable walk through the forest and a bridge crossing a small section of the pond.
The site plan is organized so that visitors park their vehicles 150 feet away from the house. They then walk through the forest to a bridge crossing a small section of the point, and on to the main entry. The broad vista of the pond becomes visible only upon opening the front door. It is the hope that this experience will be memorable to the visitor.
Designed as a simple steel frame carrying a wood roof structure, the primary box comprises a kitchen, living and dining room area, and master bedroom on one level; an indoor mudroom connects the home to the garage. Large roof overhangs are designed to protect the glass and wood vertical surfaces of the building.
Cutler Anderson Architects:
This single-family 1,440 square foot residence and 550 sf guest house was designed to broaden the owners’ already strong emotional connection to the living world. The site was an overgrown, man-made pond in an area of the owners’ farm that was not conducive to cultivation.
The design attempts to make the pond and residence a single entity in which the owners can enjoy and connect with the wild creatures that come to the water on both regular and varied schedules. To this end, the building was placed as a bridge across the north end of the pond. The pond itself was enlarged and loosely ordered to integrate with the structure of the residence.
The site plan was organized so that visitors park their vehicles 150 feet away. They then walk through the forest to a bridge crossing a small section of the pond, and into the main entry. The broad vista of the pond becomes visible only upon opening the front door. It is the hope that this experience will be memorable to the visitor.
Designed as a simple steel frame carrying a wood roof structure, the primary box houses a kitchen, living/dining room and master bedroom. An indoor mudroom “link” connects the home to the garage. To enable guests to experience the place, the guest house is connected by an outdoor covered walkway.
Project name: Newberg Residence
Location: Newberg, Oregon, United States
- Type By Characteristic: Cabin / Hut / Cottage, Holiday House
- Type By Site: Forest House
- Type By Size: Large House – (more than 650 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Wooden House
Project area: 1,650 sqm
Completion Year: June 2013
Client / Owner / Developer: Michael Etzel and Carey Critchlow
- Cutler Anderson Architects – 135 Parfitt Way SW Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 United States
Interior designer: Carey Critchlow and Beth Wheeler
- James Cutler, Bruce Anderson, Meghan Griswold
General Contractor : R&H Construction
- Structural Engineer: Madden Baughman Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineer: Carlson Geotechnical
- Landscape Architect: PLACE Studio
Text Description: © Courtesy of Cutler Anderson Architects
Images: © Cutler Anderson Architects, Jeremy Bittermann, PLACE Studio