serrated roofline tops waechter architecture’s sawtooth homes in oregon
all images © david papazian
a single-pitched roof defines each of the units within the small neighborhood of private homes designed by portland-based firm waechter architecture. ‘sawtooth’ features eight residential units displaying dramatic roof pitches that simultaneously acts as a characteristic element and responds to the inhabitants need for privacy, light and views. based by lake oswego in oregon; the 6,100 square feet homes have been organized across two levels with living spaces situated above and the bedrooms below.
the apartments have been painted black to enhance the sculptural quality
WA’s response for each apartment resulted in one generous living space with precisely one east-facing window, coupled with an ambient light window. this meant each unit maintained its privacy, while promoting views of the river and the high clerestory window providing a constant stream of light. as well as the roof form, the building’s walls and roofs are painted black to enhance their sculptural quality.
four units sit at a higher level and are elevated by a one-level parking podium
a clerestory window brings light into the top floor
each unit measures at 6,100 square feet
spread across two levels, living spaces situated on the top floor and the bedrooms below
the sawtooth form of the roof was created to achieve an equal balance of light, privacy and views
in total, there are eight apartment units