robert oshatz: wilkinson residence, oregon robert oshatz: wilkinson residence, oregon
jan 30, 2013

robert oshatz: wilkinson residence, oregon

‘wilkinson residence’ by robert oshatz, oregon, united statesimage © cameron neilsonall images courtesy of robert oshatz



portland-based architect robert oshatz has a repertoire of unique projects located around the american west that hold a striking relationship to their natural surroundings. without exception, the ‘wilkinson residence’ is located on a steep slope in a heavily wooded area. the main living spaceis located higher up on the site residing amidst the tree canopies and accompanying wildlife and contains the kitchen, dining room, gathering area,built in fixtures and fireplace all within curving natural wood glulam beams, copper-plated frames and large glass walls that use the exteriorfoliage as a screen from direct sunlight and a large exterior deck that brings the user in direct contact with the tree-scape. the lower floor is characterized by cedar shingles that clad all surfaces, and contains three bedrooms and a bathroom. although it is a darker space, it is an area for privacy where views to the lower parts of the forest are framed by the deep fins between the windows. the material palette is not confined to eitherexterior or interior, as they often blend around and throughout the spaces creating a balanced structure in harmony with the natural surroundings.special attention was given to the sustainable features of the construction, plenty of ventilation and radiant heating maintain a comfortable internal temperature and air quality with low-E glass reflecting direct sunlight. the owner is at all times engulfed by the douglas firs, maples, and alders in ahouse consistent with the rhythms of the forest.



lower area with bedroomsimage © cameron neilson



image © cameron neilson



curved metal panels and glulam beamsimage © cameron neilson



yoga room entrance to deckimage © cameron neilson



image © cameron neilson



view towards the living roomimage © cameron neilson



image © cameron neilson



entry courtyardimage © cameron neilson



(left) entrance courtyard(right) front doorimage © cameron neilson



main entryimage © cameron neilson



natural stone floors in the kitchen areaimage © cameron neilson



main living spaceimage © cameron neilson



kitchen, dining and living roomimage © cameron neilson



officeimage © cameron neilson



libraryimage © cameron neilson



kitchenimage © cameron neilson



(left) void allowing light into the lower level(right) fireplace sitting areaimage © cameron neilson



image © cameron neilson




site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1













  • Some serious Ewok village vibes goin on here

    Jeff says:
  • Bruce Goff eat your heart out.

    yeano says:
  • Yes I quite agree…how dare this Oshatz person cause my skin to pulsate…and my eyes to flame…OHHH, the hapticity of it all. I feel so exposed…so ashamed. Quickly, i must put my mind to sleep…hmmm, where are those images of Zaha’s latest…(watches as Mr. Lynn slinks closer to the door).

    Thanks once again, danny at db

    Chaszr says:
  • Literally the greatest house EVER !!!!

    Daniel Turnbull says:
  • why has no one posted how absolutely beautiful this building is?

    it really is!

    god says:
  • very nice! reminds me of the work by Architect Bart Prince…and that is a complement!

    trimtab21 says:
  • Living underneath the boat ?????

    Tom Fry says:
  • where’s my circle template

    dbkii says:
  • Amazing building, although the furniture, fixtures and finishes are awful. Got to be early 80’s surely?

    SJS says:
  • pretty nice interior – why all the bombast to enclose it?

    jerry veverka says:
  • Pause
    as I look thru my young 70 year mind to find words
    thank you
    for your >human< vision/knowledge/perception/warmth
    I see a lot here
    there are a few I feel honored to have seen and will remember

    Paedra says:
  • “2001: A Wood Odyssey”
    I like the hippie-touch

    os says:
  • It’s common these days to use a lot of glass, but too often it’s just a big rectangular sheet or a container-like shape with a cool view. Here, the layers of view reflect in so many directions, so embedded in the forest and make this a very special home. The furnishings, also, completely belong.

    Deborah Lencioni Lapp says:
  • The Hobbit’s contemporary.

    mit says:
  • If this were fb, I’d like your comment os. I’ve spent minutes sussing out the various elements of this dwelling, loving the curvature and the harmony of its location. When one thinks of the conformity of so much architecture in the States, it’s so good to see something totally outstanding d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • an exact mix between F.L. Wright and Star Wars…

    juliano says:
  • my pppppreciousssssss…………..

    Niyi says:
  • this is the best house ive ever seen. inside and out 🙂

    Olwethu Mandla says:
  • This is an interesting house… i like it. No wait …. I LOVE IT!

    Jaydos says:

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