On the main level, the spacious plan with teak hardwood floors creates a charming space with a small functional kitchen and cozy living room.
Watershed House is a 100-square-foot writer’s retreat located in Wren, Oregon. Architect Erin Moore of FLOAT Architectural Research and Design built this small studio for her mother who is a noted nature writer. The intention of this retreat is to have a place to observe the surrounding ecology without disturbing it. The sustainable retreat is off the grid with no direct road access. It is constructed from prefabricated recyclable materials that can be easily assembled and disassembled. A chute from the roof is designed to let rainwater trickle down a water trough just outside, creating another element of nature with the sounds of rain.
Fennell Residence is a floating house in Portland, Oregon designed by architect Robert Harvey Oshatz. Situated on the east side of the Williamette River, this weekend retreat has a dramatic view from the open plan interior. The architect’s imaginative use of curved glue laminated timber to evoke the poetry of the ripples and contours of a river makes this unique floating house a true work of art.