Apr 16, 2015 / Architecture
Pavilion House by Ben Waechter

Pavilion House is a minimalist house located in Portland, Oregon, designed by Ben Waechter. These four rectangular legs (housing stairs, kitchen, bathroom and storage) support the second story. Between these legs, the open floor plan expands to outdoor living through floor to ceiling glass and doors. The polished concrete floor is cast on grade, creating a seamless transition to the surrounding yard. Stepping into the north leg the mood changes as the stairway leads up to the bedroom level.

Upstairs the spaces and rooms are more cellular and intimate. This part of the house is designed for flexible living arrangements (family or house sharing) with three compact, self-contained bedroom suites that wrap around a central landing and common study space. The exterior is clad in standing seam white metal panels of varying width. The panels wrap the pavilion legs giving the impression that the house has been reductively sculpted from a single mass.