Pete Eckert

Offering expansive views of five different mountains, including Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Rainier, Portland, Oregon–based architecture firm Scott | Edwards Architecture designed Five Peaks Lookout in Yamhill County, Oregon, to maximize the surrounding views while maintaining a connection to the sloped landscape.

The project consisted of a 4,500-square-foot custom home, an art studio with both ceramic and painting spaces, and a detached garage.

Pete Eckert

“To capture as much of the view as possible, the home is organized in a bar running from south to north with exterior covered spaces carving away at the volume of the bar,” says the firm. Functional spaces were set on the west side and view-oriented spaces on the east.

On the north end of the linear floor plan, the design team decided to cantilever the living and dining space. The result is a room that looks out to a 270-degree view of the hilly setting and all five mountain peaks. A concrete, double-sided fireplace and chimney structure separate the living and dining areas and also help support the generous volume that appears to float above the site.

Pete Eckert

Floor-to-ceiling windows were utilized in most of the home’s rooms, while equally sized sliding doors were added in every east-facing room, including the master suite, the office, and the kitchen, to blur the lines between inside and out.

The interiors feature a clean and modern style, with contrasting darks and lights, polished concrete floors, and a variety of wood accents throughout.

Pete Eckert

“Five Peaks Lookout is inviting in so many ways,” states a Gold Nugget juror. “It works with its site to take advantage of a panorama of views in every direction. It is true to its clean, modern style both inside and out. The steel, glass, and concrete are used impeccably, and the wood accents help to warm this dramatic modern home.”