Boora Architects

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K-12 Schools
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Bodyvox Dance Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mesa Arts Center
Old Dominion University - GoodeTheatre
PICA 2004 Temporary Theater
PICA 2005 Temporary Art Center
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Scripps College - Music Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
UTPB-Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech - Integrated Arts Center
Walton Arts Center
Community College of Denver
Dartmouth College Hopkins Arts Center
Earlham College Fine Arts Complex
Earlham College Science Building
Harvey Mudd College - Learning Building
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Michigan State - Cook Recital Hall
Old Dominion University - GoodeTheatre
Oregon State Univ - Classroom Building
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Scripps College - Music Building
Stanford - Knight Management Center
Stanford - Nano Engineering Center
Stanford - Huang Engineering Center
Stanford--BioE-ChemE Building
Stanford - Y2E2 Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
UC Santa Cruz - McHenry Library
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
UTPB-Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech - Integrated Arts Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
McMinnville Courts/Council Building
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Vernonia K-12 School
Boles/Kahle Beach House
Boora Beach House
360 House
The Step House
Kitchel Residence
The Tower House
Coastal Residence
Baker Prairie Middle School
Beaverton School District
Central Catholic High School Expansion
Clackamas High School
Crystal Springs Upland School
David Douglas Early Learning Center
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
Vernonia K-12 School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
HOYT Block 15 Condominiums
The Encore Condominiums
The Metropolitan Condominiums
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Collin County Center for the Arts
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
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
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
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
Stanford - Knight Management Center
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Vernonia K-12 School
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Boora's Office Renovation
Corporate Dining - Japanese Cafe
Corporate Lobby Renovation & Sky Lounge
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
FINE Design Group
Flexible High Tech Office Design
LEED Platinum Office Improvement
Cloud Computing Offices & Amenities
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
High Tech Human Resources
High Tech Office Redesign
Literary Arts
One Waterfront Place Office Building
The Metropolitan Condominiums

Located in Neskowin, a tiny hamlet of beach houses on Oregon's rugged and picturesque Pacific coast, the Boora Beach House is a shared retreat for the members of our firm to use as they are assigned dates in an office lottery. Occasional client retreats, multi-day charrettes, and organizational planning meetings take place in the house as well, which offers views of the landmark monolith Proposal Rock.

 

Like the Boles/Kahle beach house a few hundred yards away, the design of the Boora Beach House inverts the layout of the standard American house by placing 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. This elevated position of living space allows the design to use extensive glass without compromising the residents' privacy. Two decks extend this space further into the landscape–one toward the ocean, the other toward the forest.

Below the upper-floor great room, two equally-sized bedrooms overlooking the ocean occupy the second floor.  In the hallway, two day-bed niches sit below skylights to the deck above and serve as flex space for additional overnight guests.  Below this level, a ground floor apartment with a private bathroom can be accessed via the outdoor stairway scaling the steep hill on which the house sits.

A short walk through beach grass takes our colleagues and their guests from the comfort of the retreat house to the equally soothing sands of Newkowin's South Beach.

Selected publications

Architectural Review
"Delight," October, 1996

Interiors
"Boora Beach House," October, 1996

New York Times Magazine
"Luxury Homes & Estates," August, 2007

Sunset
"Baywatch," October, 1997


Awards

American Institute of Architects (Portland Chapter)
Citation, 1996

American Institute of Architects (Portland Chapter)
People's Choice Award, 1996

American Institute of Architects (Pacific Region)
Merit Award, 1999

American Institute of Architects and Sunset
Western Home Awards, Citation, 1997