Parkdale Lone Fir

We spoke with Jenny Guggenheim of Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio on this incredible new build they designed which seamlessly combines form, function and breathtaking views.

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Can you tell us a little about this project?

Our clients, a busy family of four with a love of the West and Mt. Hood, relocated from a mid-sized Indiana town to beautiful Parkdale, Oregon. Their 10 acre site has expansive 360 degree views and one seriously breathtaking Mt. Hood perspective. Their primary desire was to create a home that emphasized family togetherness while embracing the natural beauty of the site.

We love how you paired the warm wood tones with a pop of color in the kitchen backsplash. Can you tell us more about this incredible kitchen design?

With the rural location, making meals at home is a part of our client's daily ritual as a family. With this knowledge, the kitchen became the central focus of the design. It’s viewable from multiple angles so each element needed to marry function with timeless style. We subtly introduced shades of blue in the tilework, which was a hue pulled from the client's pottery collection shared with us early on in the design process.

The bathroom feels very peaceful. We love seeing the glaze range of the tile installed. What drew you to this tile for this space?

The primary bath palette was intended to be simple, leaning toward function rather than being overly designed. By introducing a tile with such a nice watercolor effect when installed, we were able to thread another shade of blue into the project, this time leaning toward a softer tone with a relaxing aesthetic.

Throughout the house the materials you selected work so naturally together creating design moments that support the surroundings. How did you balance form and function when designing this project?

With a focus on a limited palette; locally quarried basalt, Fir end-grain flooring, steel, and walnut, we felt that the palette’s natural textural rhythm allowed for easy living and a sense of place. Honesty in structure, revealing the way something is fastened or put together, natural material palette with little extraneous adornment is all part of the Northwest Regional toolkit that supports our strong emphasis on that beautiful view of Mt Hood.

March 14, 2022

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