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Neal Creek Residence / Paul McKean Architecture

  • 01:00 - 12 May, 2009
Neal Creek Residence / Paul McKean Architecture
Neal Creek Residence / Paul McKean Architecture

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hood River, OR 97031, United States
  • Architects

    Paul McKean Architecture
  • Project Team

    Paul McKean, Amy Donohue
  • Client

    Paul McKean, Amy Donohue
  • Area

    93.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The Neal Creek residence treads lightly upon its surroundings, maximizing valley and water views with minimal impact to the natural environment. The owners - windsurfing and snowboarding enthusiasts - were interested in a modest weekend retreat that would be highly efficient and ecologically minded. 

Their wooded two-acre parcel of land presented many unique challenges including wetlands, creek protection setbacks, and floodplain restrictions.

The design solution for the two-bedroom house addresses these issues by elevating the habitable space one full floor above grade. Views to the creek are enhanced from this position and the living spaces float within the tree tops. 

Lifting the main space protects the house from potential flooding and brush fire damage while making way for a covered outdoor patio and much needed gear storage below. At the uppermost level, a future planted roof will replace the landscape lost to the building footprint and reduces heat gain to the interior spaces.

Cite: "Neal Creek Residence / Paul McKean Architecture" 12 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Daniel Con · May 14, 2009

nice entrance! I would like to see a shot of underneath the house, is it a patio area as shown in the plan?? This is where the house could really engage its surroundings because the living area seems detached from the surround nature

Marcus · May 13, 2009

Simple and beautiful. It looks very reasonable to build and the shipping container look does'nt bother me at all.

christos · May 13, 2009

boxy architecture...excellent architecture...simple but nice interior, i adore the build-in beds, can be soooo useful!!! well done!!

ulc · May 13, 2009
dennis · May 13, 2009

I wasnt commenting on its minimal environmental impact or what the needs of the client were...I am sure both were just in the design of the building. I was just commenting on the use of materials of the structure and the overall design of the building, and that it looked to be more fitting in an urban or suburban setting. It visually looks odd in this location, though nothing wrong with its environmental impact.

Ed · May 13, 2009

I am delighted bye the simple, modern and functional design of this house. Do you have the cost of building it?

Jenny · May 13, 2009

Impressive! It must be very exciting being there.

dennis · May 13, 2009

it definitely is very shipping container design going on for it. The site location and the design of the building seem to be at odds with each other. Though it would be interesting to see this idea being applied to a more populated setting such as someplace urban or suburban.

Though on a plus side, good to see architecture near to the Portland metro that I live in being shown in here.

Andrew · May 12, 2009

I like it. The proportions look similar to a single-wide (which is practical) but it's well designed and has a timeless feel to it.

Bo Lucky · May 12, 2009

It appears the house was designed for two couples... oh well... why not... Spare beds in the hall adjacent to master bedrooms (for unexpected guests I guess) seem to be a kind of misunderstanding but... well... if this is what residents want - why not? So, apart from rather unpleasant contrast of the building form and colour with its surroundings (resembles an abandoned shipping container) and a pitch dark bathroom that could have a nice window, there is nothing wrong with this building :)

Carlo Enrico · May 12, 2009

assim que eu descobrir onde eu vou morar eu quero uma casa dessa de fds.

Corn Chip · May 12, 2009

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