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With all due respect, the William Five literally looks straight out of 1950s Los Angeles.

Brian Libby

Fair enough, but is that a bad thing?

Brad Cooley

The massing and orientation of the Williams Five seem to fit well with the site and make a contribution to the neighborhood without showing off.

Hard to say much else from the exterior. The three tone pallette of wood, white and concrete are nice. Will have to wait and see how the wood weathers over time, maybe patina into grey or silver.


I gotta chuckle when I see the
trendy new projects covered w/natural wood. Wayyyy back in the 60's a bunch of hippy architects
put wood all over , and it looked like hell in a few years. It needs
proper finish AND re-treatment all
the time. I hope to see these architects out there every few years on maintenance...

Corey Martin

Haha...we do like LA and Portland architecture circa 1950 and yes, it does help to re apply finish to cedar to keep it looking brand new. In our experience the penetrating semi-transparent oil finish we use lasts at least 8 years (similar to paint) and cedar, even untreated, lasts for decades with little degradation. The stain will not let the cedar 'grey-out' but even if it did, that could be beautiful too. As not only the architect, but also a developer and owner, we are committed to building lasting, high quality work that is also beautiful. On that note, our siding assembly and windows are of far higher quality than comparably priced projects in town. You would not find a custom home or large condo tower built with better attention to the small things or higher quality components. We are always available for a tour if you want a closer look.


If the house in southeast portland is the one I'm thinking of I'd love to hear the developers talk about how they think about relatedness in that project? I like aspects of the design but cringe at the way the house seems to absolutely ignore every home around it. And I'm all for modern infill, but also with some responsibility to the surroundings. I feel like when modern design ignores context, we set back neighbors welcoming more of these projects into established areas. I also think that it is not that hard to integrate subtle references to existing housing and actually increasing the value and aesthetics of the modern design.


Bravo Corey

Ryan Sullivan

The interiors look great! The floor-to-ceiling glass is a very smart move - excellent cost/value ratio.

Corey Martin

There are as many interpretations and viewpoints of contextual response as their are designers in the world. We have no intention of alienating people from modern design in Portland's neighborhoods. Quite the opposite, we intend to inspire people to explore the possibilities for small sites in the urban fabric. So many projects, even ones that pass required city design review, offer only minimal consideration to the idea of contextual response. They address the type and orientation of the siding, the materials and the scale and massing. These offer only a surface level criteria.

The design is intended to be bold and needs to be experienced from all sides, inside and out, in order to have a more thorough understanding of how it relates to it's context.


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