Hood River East House / eb architecture + design
Text description provided by the architects. Nestled in the trees, overlooking the small town of Hood River, Oregon, this residence slips among its evergreen neighbors.
A difficult site with various constraints guided the positioning, function and flow of this residence. With the need to house up to 6-7 classic cars, the owner’s wonderful hobby was the main driving force behind this project. Cars first. Set into a gentle slope, the lower level garage is tucked into the existing land, providing daylight to the west while being completely buried to the east.
The main living level above, cantilevered in front of the lower level garage, putting it in shadow, minimizing its size. To the east, the upper level of the property, is the entrance to the main building, a landscaped courtyard with a swimming pool and a separate outbuilding, a mini-me version of the main house.
Crisp lines and clean materials define the residence’s presence, like a machine in attendance, a nod to the engineering of the owners’ fine cars. The main upper level of the house is the owner’s Shangri la for daily living. Views towards the Columbia River are captured by a huge wall of sliding glass windows that can completely disappear, letting the living room slide out onto the western outdoor terrace.
The central courtyard with a lap pool and fire pit is bounded by the detached outbuilding to the east, creating a magnificent outdoor room. Day parking is also on this level, leading to the main entrance. A predominantly white interior, anchored by polished finished concrete flooring and accented by black walnut cabinetry, showcases the various works of art and memorabilia from the owner’s long travel history.