Boora Architects designed the Oregon Coast Beach House as a set of two different-sized volumes linked by a large covered deck. The smaller front volume shelters the two car garage on the first floor and an office space on the second floor, while the larger volume is separated into public and private spaces. The garage/office volume was covered with a hybrid copper rooftop that forms an origami-joined ceiling. Overlooking Siletz Bay, the 2,865 square foot Oregon Coast Beach House displays an U-shaped floor plan arranged around a central courtyard and capturing 180-degree views of the natural surrounding landscape from the larger volume’s mostly glazed second floor.
Constructing a powerful duality – spaces for contemplation and connecting with nature versus private, quiet rooms – Boora Architects designed the coastal weekend retreat for the enjoyment of its inhabitants: “The upper floor in the largest of the two buildings is extensively glass-walled. Windows crescendo from 8 to 15-feet tall at the most outward facing point. A large covered deck extends the indoor footprint by nearly an additional 1/3, joining the massing of the residence, framing an outdoor invisible wall. The lower level is more private, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a flex room–a space that converts open living area into a guest bedroom by pulling two eight-foot sliding hemlock accordion pocket panels to form walls. A 45-foot long covered walkway sided in horizontal slats forms the base of the U-shape. The landscaped courtyard fuses building with walkway, creating focus on where interior and exterior spaces merge. At night, the residence appears as a lantern, and the central courtyard is its hearth.”
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.