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Collin County Center for the Arts
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
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Bodyvox Dance Center
Boora's Office Renovation
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
Scripps College – Music Building
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
UC Santa Cruz – McHenry Library
University of Oregon – Music + Dance
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Baker Prairie Middle School
Boora's Office Renovation
Clackamas High School
North Pearl District Master Plan
One Waterfront Place Office Building
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
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Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Vernonia K-12 School
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Boora's Office Renovation
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Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
FINE Design Group
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One Waterfront Place Office Building
The Metropolitan Condominiums

The Oregon Coast's dense forests and panoramic views have enchanted residents and visitors alike for their lush vegetation, abundant wildlife, and captivating mystery. When planning a retreat house in this environment, Boora principal Stan Boles and his wife Wendy Kahle, a painter, not only let the outdoors in, through expansive glass. They also let the inherent properties of their narrow, forested infill site drive the design of the house.

Occupying a spit of land between Slab Creek, the Pacific Ocean, and the preserved lands of the Siuslaw National Forest, the tiny hamlet of Neskowin, Oregon, has long been a popular retreat spot for residents of Oregon's larger Willamette Valley communities, such as Portland, Salem, and Eugene.

In its analysis of Stan's and Wendy's Neskowin site, the design team sought to develop a design that responded creatively to the vertical structure of the tree canopy.  At ground level, dense coastal scrub plants obscured views to the ocean.  However a clearing above this scrub tier and the soaring Douglas fir canopy above provided extraordinary opportunities for long views of the coastline and the ocean.

Like the Boora Beach House a few hundred yards away, the Boles/Kahle Beach House inverts  the layout of the standard American house.  The design places the living room, dining room, and kitchen on the house's highest level, where the views to the ocean and the availability of daylight are greatest. Placing the living space in this elevated position allows the design to use extensive glass without compromising the residents' privacy. Two decks extend this space into the landscape with one deck overlooking the ocean and another overlooking the entry courtyard.

The studio and bedrooms on the first and second floors, respectively, use simply detailed fir boards for wall surfaces. Along with sliding wall panels and opaque glass pocket doors, this material brings the outdoors in, offering warmth, comfort, and privacy.

A three-story design minimizes the house's footprint, allowing it to occupy only a small amount of the small, infill site's ground area. Within the envelope of the three-story volume, service elements are used to organize the space and frame views.

The stairway is located on the north side of the house, as it requires no windows and thus offers privacy from a neighboring structure. Outside, the pure form and simple detailing of the freestanding woodshed parallels freestanding volumes within the house, such as casework, a kitchen Island, and closets separating the second-floor bedrooms.

Similar volumes applied to the exterior contain a fireplace and a dumbwaiter.

With thoughtful siting, only three trees had to be removed to accomodate the house. Natural materials are used in the garden walls, site work, and architecture. All stone was found on site or sourced from a local quarry.

Selected publications

A Pocketful of Beach Houses
Images Publishing, May, 2009

Architecture Week
"Oregon Coast Boles House," May, 2003

Coastal Retreats: The Pacific Northwest and the Architecture of Adventure by Linda Leigh Paul
Universe, A division of Rizzoli, April, 2002

New York Times Magazine
Luxury Homes and Estates, July, 2006

Outdoor Rooms II by Anne Dickhoff
Rockport, May, 2006

Sunset
"A Tower in the Trees," October, 2003

The New 100 Houses
Images Publishing, September, 2007

Awards

American Institute of Architects (Portland Chapter)
Merit Award, January, 2002