CROOKED RIVER HOUSE
Residential | Terrebonne, Oregon | Under Construction
In the high deserts of Central Oregon, a home and a workshop have been sited amongst old-growth juniper trees on the edge of the Crooked River canyon. This rugged eight acre property offers dramatic views of distant mountains and the river below. The positioning of the home was oriented to capture as much natural light as possible, but also discreetly mask views of neighboring properties.
To dissolve the boundary between indoors and outdoors, large sliding doors slip inside exterior concrete walls, revealing views to the south and a shaded courtyard to the north. We added a long pool to the courtyard to infuse the interiors with the sounds of a fountain in the summer months and naturally cool the air. The clients approached Dean Works with a spare design brief: passive design to minimize energy demands, poured-in-place concrete expressed throughout, simple but elegant detailing, and fluid connection to the outdoors. It is an ideal Dean Works project.