Standing tall among the treetops in a forested area of Portland, Oregon, the Wilkinson Residence feels like a refined, playful treehouse for adults (a marvel that we at Architizer know well). To mitigate the site's steep slope, Robert Harvey Oshatz perched the home's living areas on top of a pedestal-like wood shingle foundation that gives the residences the illusion of living in the surrounding canopy. When viewing the forest through the large perimeter windows, it looks as though you have left any trace of city-life behind. Click through for more!
Building a new home in a forest can often place contemporary structures in contention with their environment. To blend in with the secluded natural surroundings, the home is defined by curvy lines and organic wood tiles. Rusty exterior cladding gives the home a weathered look.
But perhaps the most captivating features of the Wilkinson Residence are the circular windows that grace the walls of the living areas. Like the lens of a camera, these windows frame the views of treetops, placing the residents in direct dialogue with nature. Although the home is not a treehouse by definition, it definitely makes us feel like kids again!