Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mid Century Modern Homes in Portland West Hills

In May, my niece and I went on a special tour of midcentury modern homes in Portland's West Hills all designed by architect, Saul Zaik, in the 50's and 60's.

Such a delight to be able to walk though these special architectural beauties and enjoy the views of Portland from the West Hills. The architect also designed Timberline Lodge and the Vista House at Crown Point!

I love the clean, minimal lines of midcentury modern homes and these six were all gems.

Love the connection of the outside landscape and the interiors. There were views of trees and sky from nearly every window!

We even got to tour Saul Zaik's home and he was there chatting with visitors! (Gray hair and black specs.)

I love the open vaulted wood ceilings and minimal use of interior walls and doors!

When you have views like this, why would you even need any artwork? But in fact, we also admired the abstract contemporary paintings in several homes as well.

Notice how the window view of tree tops looks just like a painting in this room!

My niece and I also noticed the built-in bookshelves and desks, and "floating" cabinets and buffets! Many built-in cabinets were attached to the walls but not the floors. He made use of every nook and cranny! So smart! Why aren't we still designing these into more homes?

Again, I was taken by the integration of natural landscape and the interior living spaces. Views of trees everywhere!

Lots of interesting lights and skylights too...

Beautiful landscape in this turnaround driveway. These homes didn't look too impressive from the outside, but the interiors were so cool! Understated.

One home had a small architectural model of the original design on display. And the following photo is from the actual left side of the house.

And I'll end with my favorite photo from one of the decks. The view goes on forever!

The tour was sponsored by the Historic Preservation League of Oregon.
If you would like to read more about the architect, Saul Zaik, and some of the articles about the house tour, here are some links:

Saul Zaik bio from Portland Modern:

1 comment:

  1. Wow, CRAZY beautiful homes. Makes me want to become an architect.