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Last Friday we enjoyed a rare break in the clouds during our site visit to Milwaukie Way in Sellwood. For some at WA, it was the first time seeing this project in person. Certain details came to life and the project became infinitely more special as we were able to experience its scale, its relationship to the existing building, and its fit into the site.

 

We are taken with the large corner windows and their relief when in profile.
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The special quality of a bustling, well-loved alleyway feels palpable, and the
two buildings play excitably well together: old and new.
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We noted how well the entrance covers inflect the otherwise flat facade.
Just the right touch.
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The trees get reflected. And it’s beautiful.
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Milwaukie Way wraps the existing Spanish Colonial on the south and west sides making for a special corner on SE Milwaukie and Claybourne. We are imagining this corner of eateries and shops well occupied in the warm spring and summer evenings.
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This is the back of the west wing. We call it “Monument.” It’s a temporary view because, interestingly, while this may be the back side of Milwaukie Way, it’s also the site for our upcoming Claybourne Commons – a site for individually owned, designed-to-endure, Row Houses. More on this project in the coming months.
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OWP Almanac Cover 2016_1860The 2016 Almanac features an enormous list of wineries from Oregon and SW Washington along with some top stories of 2015, such as Eyrie Vineyard’s 50 year celebration, a head nod to the new Rocks District, and a special feature on the late Cole Danehower, OWP’s 2016 Person of the Year.

For your copy of the OWP Almanac go here for a list of locations.

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“White models” and corresponding conceptual models for two award-winning WA projects will be on display, alongside models from Hacker, Allied Works, Works Partnership and others as part of a models exhibit at the World Forestry Center (WFC).

The intention of the exhibit is to highlight the intersection of forestry and architecture and is part of WFC’s recent efforts to showcase the artistic side of forests through gallery shows that emphasize the beauty of forests and the beauty of wood.

OPENING RECEPTION: January 14th, 5-7pm. Send RSVP to amorrison@worldforestry.org
EXIBITION: January 15th – February 26th
LOCATION (for both): WFC’s Merlo Hall, 4033 SW Canyon Blvd

This exhibit is a partnership between the WFC and the Architecture Foundation of Oregon.
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160108_PORTLAND ARCH GARDENHOUSE croppedOn December 31st, Brian Libby wrote an article for his Portland Architecture blog that paid homage to our changing city by way of identifying 10 projects that stand as positive responses to the rapid changes, as well as examples of forward-thinking innovations on the use of space and design. We are proud to share that Garden House was amongst these innovative projects.

“Architect Ben Waechter is a master at reducing design to its bare essentials, combining materials in an economic way that makes both building envelopes and the individual rooms inside them feel elegantly simple.” – Brian Libby

The full list of 10:
(unless otherwise stated, all firms are Portland based)
Tilikum Crossing, Donald MacDonald Architects (San Francisco)
Collaborative Life Sciences Building, CO Architecture (Los Angeles), w/ help from SERA
PNCA’s Schnitzer Center, Allied Works Architecture
Hassalo on Eighth, GBD
Framework, Works Partnership
Fivesquare, Lever
Garden House, Waechter Architecture
One North, Holst
Hotel Eastlund, Holst
Society Hotel, renovation by Integrate Architecture
Read the Article

WA Gift Exchange Holiday 2015

We recommend the handmade goodies, chocolate, bling, a nice read, and tea!

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See what we’re thinking about, what we’ve designed, and what visual exercises and models help our process.

 

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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Madrid

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“Tea Time: 12 Teahouses Steeped to Perfection”  by Gabriella Golenda

“With a little imagination, these teahouses demonstrate how ordinary social spaces can render extraordinary experiences.”

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“Framing the interior space as if it were a stage set, the porch draws the visitor into the tea room…”

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141211_gray_coverSculpting Simplicity: Ben Waechter refines architecture to its essence no matter his projects’ scale. By Brian Libby

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Libby refers to WA’s recently completed Sawtooth as “a signature blend of simple forms, refined material clarity, and copious natural light.”

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“Waechter’s designs make simple and affordable materials feel luxurious.”

More from Gray Magazine

Old friends Ben Waechter and the artists of Seattle’s Lead Pencil Studio, Annie Han and Dan Mihalyo, exchange presentations and Q&A on their respective “processes” during last month’s AIA Portland quarterly series event “In Process.”
It was torrentially wet outside, but full of inspiring imagery and creativity inside. Thanks to all who came and offered your support and curiosity.
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151201_DWELL_REDHOUSEA Bright Red Farmhouse-Style Home That’s Surprisingly Modern by Luke Hopping

“Honest materials, like wood flooring and furnishings, reflect the studio’s program to honor and reinvigorate the home’s rustic heritage.”

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“A cantilevered second floor addition wrapped in black corrugated steel gives Nick Oakley’s home in the Alberta district of Portland an industrial feel from the outside, one that is countered by the welcoming, wood-dominated interior.”

-William Harrison

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“Waechter Architecture updates century-old Portland house with bright red facade.”

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“The white shelves and ceiling contrast with the refinished fir floors and the colorful spines of the books.”     – Dezeen

“The project could have been called House For A Book Lover.”     -Ben Waechter

Read The Article

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TONIGHT!

November 17th

Ben Waechter, Principal of Waechter Architecture, is giving a talk, along with fellow UofO alum Daniel Mihalyo and his partner, Annie Han, of Lead Pencil Studio at AIA’s In-Process event. FREE.

When: Tuesday, November 17th, 5:30-7pm

Where: The Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th, Portland

 

A native Oregonian and University of Oregon grad, Ben Waechter established his firm in 2007 and has quickly become known for his beautifully crafted, award-winning residences. His projects are “notable and compelling precisely for this reason: they have impeccable clarity, with nothing superfluous, and the key idea of the design stands out”. (Brian Libby, Portland Architecture Blog, December 12, 2011).

Also graduates of the University of Oregon’s Architecture Program, Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo founded Lead Pencil Studio, an Art and Architecture collaborative, to pursue installation art, site-specific art, and functional architecture. Their practice is self-described as “architecture in reverse…our projects are everything about architecture with none of its function…spaces with no greater purpose than to be perceived and question the certainty posited by the man-made world.”

In Process is an AIA Portland quarterly lecture series providing insight into the creative process of local architects, designers, makers and creators. This event is free and open to the public.

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We are proud to announce that on October 30th, Waechter Architecture, alongside celebrated Allied Works Architecture, won the highest design award in Portland, the AIA Honor Award. We received this recognition for our first-ever Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) project; a small project to begin with, but especially in comparison to AWA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, PNCA’s newest campus addition.

 

“Garden House was submitted as one of the small project designations, and we decided to give it a regular award. I think it shares with this massive project like the PNCA, the sense of virtuosity that I think we really have to acknowledge professionally.”

                                          –  KEVIN DALY, FAIA, Founder of Kevin Daly Architects, Design Faculty at UCLA

 

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Waechter Architecture / Garden House, AIA Honor Award

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Allied Works Architecture / PNCA, AIA Honor Award

“Carving Architecture: How one Portland architect inverted the 3-D model” by Randy Gragg.

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