Evolution of Design

From a house in the forest to a Cape Cod gone space age, Modernism new and old suits homes for many times and places.

By Kristin Belz March 11, 2013

Modernist residential architecture adapts to many a time and place, as the recent Portland Modern Home Tour made clear. Modernism can fit into the forest, or fill out an urban lot with multiple condos. It can create a private courtyard for a family, or a wide open view to a terraced garden. It can even launch a Levittown-lookalike Cape Cod house into outer space grooviness. 

Here is a slide show trip through time and space, and some of the highlights of the Modern Home Tour. This is where the trip takes us:

First, a classic Northwest Regional Modernist house in the forest, designed by Richard Campbell in 1966, being renovated by Paul McKean last year and this year.

Second, architect Edgar Papazian launches a Levittown-type plain Jane Cape Cod house into hipster grooviness somewhere out there on the space-time continum.

Third, urban infill gracefully fits four homes where once there was one: William Kaven Architecture's North House Condos, on the busy and booming North Williams Bike Corridor.

And last but not least, a courtyard house for a single family: Works Partnership Architecture's design for a Portland version of an inward-oriented courtyard house.

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