These bookshelves were constructed off site of maple and cherry, and installed when the home was finished.
British food writer Nigella Lawson in her library.
“The entry glows as a lantern and is the only visual connection between the courtyard and the interior of the house,” Kundig explains. The bench is from BDDW New York.
“My architecture is always optimistic,” says Kundig. “But a good house has to reflect the good energy of the client.” The pool and the south terraces were designed for privacy and views. Michael Schultz handled the plantings. Richard Schultz furniture.
The entire north wall of the house's lower level is lined with 100 feet of steel shelving that holds the owners' extensive library. “Tom doesn't hide behind cleverness or decoration in getting it right,” observes Schneider.
The master bedroom, which the architect likens to “a cocoon,” was rendered in natural materials and a pale palette to create a feeling of tranquillity. Kundig and the firm's Debbie Kennedy designed the bed. Maxalto chair.
In the family room, as throughout, ample steel-framed windows offer views over the gardens. The simple concrete hearth is offset by a wall of blackened-steel panels. The sectional sofa is from B+B Italia. Maxalto lounge chair.
Architect Tom Kundig undertook the design of a house in Portland, Oregon, for Paul Schneider and Lauren Eulau. The master bedroom occupies a cantilevered box that “hovers above the garden like an intimate treehouse,” says Kundig.
For a Portland residence, architect Tom Kundig blends elegant and linear proportions with the functional agility of a simple floor plan