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Design Matters: A Tour of Exceptional Portland Homes


The homes tour provides a rare opportunity to glimpse inside seven extraordinary Portland residences. This year’s tour features innovative homes designed by top local architects including the renovation of Donald Blair’s 1960 futuristic “Home of Tomorrow”, a prefab home from Jeff Kovel, as well as several other outstanding examples of modern, efficient living. This daylong, self-guided tour is always a highlight of the Architecture + Design Festival, presented by the American Institute of Architects Portland.

The Design Matters homes tour is open to all, from design enthusiasts to professionals, builders to homemakers, students to senior citizens and is a not-to-be-missed event! For tickets and a full list of featured homes please visit here or call (503) 223-8757.

Tickets on sale August 6, 2012. $40 per ticket. Ticket price includes access to all seven homes and a printed catalog with maps and photos. Visit here or call (503) 223-8757 to purchase tickets.

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CYRK Building

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am
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With an expansive residence above and offices below, the CYRK building is a true live/work experience for the residents of this urban hideaway. The inner southeast location offers easy access to transit, shopping and restaurants, and provides views to the [...]

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HOMB Prefab

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am
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A partnership between Skylab Architecture and Method Homes resulted in Homb, a new kind of green home that’s completely modular and built in a factory. Seattle-based Method Homes is the pre-fabricated builder. The design minimizes waste and recycling needs at the [...]

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Irvington Infill

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am
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This infill parcel’s zoning and setbacks established a 13’-wide building footprint. The owners’ desire was for the amenities of a 2-BR, 1-1/2 bath, detached house within a very compact structure, budget, and site. The solution was to maximize the spatial [...]

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Graham Tower

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am
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Two friends approached Path Architecture with a vision of shared living within an urban environment. Based on the group’s mutual interest in outdoor life and simple expression, the twin homes balance well the requirements of the clients, the site and [...]

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Twigg House

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am
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This house balances its urban hillside location with a tree-house like quality. Leafy views, large windows, an ecoroof, and doors that fold open onto an elevated deck all lend to a natural, peaceful environment. The house was tucked into an [...]

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Vance-Martin Residence

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am
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A whole house gut renovation brought this modest 1950 ranch into the 21st century. The house was reinvented on the interior to maximize the southern views of Lake Oswego and the Willamette Valley. Clean, white surfaces and a series of [...]

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Home of Tomorrow

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am
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This Mid-Century Modern classic was designed by Donald Blair and William Fletcher in 1958 as a display home for Wedgewood homes and won an AIA Merit Award in 1960. Wedgewood asked the architects to create a house of the future, [...]

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