Even a traditionalist could fall for a concrete-and-glass dwelling with a towering interior atrium. Fieldwork Design & Architecture planned for the three-level house in Southeast Portland to draw in natural light and provide a sense of openness without sacrificing the need for privacy.
People passing by 3112 S.E. 36th Ave. in the Richmond neighborhood see stacked cubes shrouded in vertical, dark-wood slats. Beyond the front door is a living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a kitchen with a slide-away glass wall and, in between the two rooms, a black steel staircase illuminated by daylight streaming through a series of skylights.
Strategically placed windows allow even more sunlight to enter at different times of day, “creating exciting and moving shadows on the concrete floors and smooth walls,” said Calle Holmgren of Friday and Company, a real estate broker charged with finding the first occupant of the new home.
“This is not your run-of-the-mill modern,” he said.
The aptly named Atrium House is for sale at $2,222,000. The price includes custom furnishings by Portland-based Fieldwork, a studio team of sustainably minded architecture and furniture experts.
Here, the owner will have a coffee table fashioned from a cherry tree salvaged from the 3,049-square-foot property. Fieldwork also made black kitchen counter stools and a washed ash dining table.
Concrete planters filled with oversized foliage and a spa area with a cedar ceiling and floor on the lower level support the designers’ goal of creating a tranquil, greenery-rich retreat within the predominately black-and-white residence.
The black steel tub in the spa can be used as a hot tub or a cold plunge, said Holmgren.
The custom modern house, built by Benjamin Jefferson-Dow of Capsule Development, has 2,885 square feet of living space. There is a rotating Rais fireplace, a home theater with a Yamaha MusicCast Receiver, and each of the three bedrooms has a sundeck.
Brazilian Maori granite dramatically dominates the kitchen; the black stone with wide white veins tops the island, breakfast bar, counters and the wall-sized backsplash.
Ash cabinetry, charred in a handsome Shou Sugi Ban technique, and custom light fixtures by Lambert & Fils complete the sophisticated aesthetic.
The primary suite has extended places to relax, from the reading nook to the private deck. The suite’s spa-like bathroom has a soaking tub and granite-surround shower.
“The house is the perfect alternative to a condo but without the hassle of having to park in a garage or having homeowners association dues of $1,000 or more per month,” said Holmgren.
He said a discriminating buyer could acquire the dwelling, completed in 2021, and streamline the process of owning a high-end custom home without having to buy a lot, hire a builder, architect and designer, then work through permits and wait two to four years to move in.
“Rather, they can buy the Atrium House and then have customizations done by the builder to their liking,” he said.
An owner could add storage in the garage, built-in bookshelves in the living room or fully enclose the office loft on the stair landing with glass doors to let in light from six sides, “but allow for private phone and Zoom calls,” he said.
Entertaining outside could be easy: Sliding-glass pocket doors open a back wall to the patio. Landscaping and decks were designed to be low maintenance, “allowing the owners to come and go as they please,” said Holmgren.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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