The Shelter House is a 2,500SF oceanfront modern beach house in Arch Cape, approximately 4 miles south of Cannon Beach, on the Oregon Coast. The gently sloping butterfly roof loosely mimics the form of the adjacent Neahkahanie Mountain.
The home was designed to provide a place of shelter, refuge, and serenity for the owners, an escape from their busy and demanding urban lifestyle. The primary design goal of the home was to capture the ocean view, keeping the architecture subservient to the natural rugged beauty of the Oregon coast. The material palate inside and out is restrained and muted. The walls and ceiling are sheathed with cedar boards, cabinetry is whitewashed white oak, and the floors are polished concrete. The fireplace and 10’-wide sliding door separating the living space and master bedroom are fabricated from cold-rolled steel plates. Large sliding doors and windows were provided by Raynears for the durability, simple design, and high wind load ratings.