White Salmon Bluff # 1
Replacing a small existing structure, this new residence re-calibrates the the site, reaching across it, capturing the visual dynamics of the Gorge. The prime southern exposure, and the coveted Mt. Hood view, are engaged by all main spaces. At the owners request for a low maintenance and fire resistant home, a lower level of cast in place concrete anchors the residence into the subtle sloping terrain of the site, while protecting against the fire danger that can whip up bluff like only a windy day in the Gorge could manifest. A “security blanket” of standing seam metal skin, wraps up the walls and roof of the upper main level further protecting the interior from the outside elements. Generous outdoor space reaches out from the lower level, extending the living room outdoors, while a generous upper main level deck reaches out to a point like the bow of a ship, a subtle nod to river traffic of the mighty Columbia below.