Heartwood/William/Kaven Architecture Residence

Heartwood/William/Kaven Architecture Residence

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Heartwood Residence / William / Kaven Architecture - Exterior Photography, Waterfront
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Text description provided by the architects. The Heartwood Residence sits on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. Offering sweeping vistas of the river and its wildlife, the house overlooks docks, freight barges, and an early 20th-century railroad bridge, reminiscent of the city’s industrial roots.

Heartwood Residence / William / Kaven Architecture - Exterior Photography, Facade, Garden, Patio, Yard
© Jeremy Bittermann
Heartwood Residence / William / Kaven Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade, Garden, Yard
© Jeremy Bittermann
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Floor plan

Inspired by the origins of New Mexico architects, the main house and guest house form a one-story complex organized around a central courtyard, where a mature maple tree has been preserved as its centerpiece.

Heartwood Residence / William / Kaven Architecture - Interior photography, living room, table, chair
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Heartwood Residence / William / Kaven Architecture - Interior photography, living room, sofa
© Jeremy Bittermann

The generously glazed wall of the main house provides a direct line of sight through the living room to the river. The home’s understated yet sophisticated material palette includes sawn white oak cabinetry, Corian countertops, exposed raw concrete floors, built-in fireplaces, herringbone-patterned oak floors, and plaster walls.

Heartwood Residence / William / Kaven Architecture - Interior photography, living room, table, sofa, windows, chair
© Jeremy Bittermann
Heartwood Residence / William / Kaven Architecture - Interior photography, bedroom, windows, bed
© Jeremy Bittermann

With an exterior constructed of cedar, aluminum and concrete formed from planks, Heartwood is a modern addition to the neighborhood, which consists mostly of ranch-style homes from the 60s and 70s. An outdoor living space organized around a large wood-burning fireplace features a backdrop that includes the Lake Oswego River Bridge and one of the city’s premier waterfront parks.

Heartwood Residence / William / Kaven Architecture - Exterior Photography, Facade, Garden, Windows, Patio, Yard
© Jeremy Bittermann

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