Have you ever turned on the TV and seen a familiar face? Sure, it happens with the local news from time to time, but on cable? We recently had that exact experience when we flipped to HGTV and spotted the long-time family friend who designed the home above. Find out why he was on the tube and what he had to say below the jump!
Robert Oshatz is a Portland architect who we often chat with at family parties, picking up what we can about his next big project. His older work is just as compelling, and has been featured on HGTV numerous times. His most recent appearance? HGTV's Extreme Living, where his Wilkinson Residence, designed for a music lover, was profiled.
According to Oshatz, the client wanted a house that not only became a part of the natural landscape, but also addressed the flow of music. From what we could tell on TV, the acoustics are incredible due, in part, to a wood ceiling which floats on curved wood beams in the main living room. Other features that caught our eye include a "D"-shaped glass entry door that swings wide open and a light-filled circular book nook that perches over a canopy of green.
As Oshatz says, "There must be surprise, mystery, beauty and delight; elements that make architecture rewarding to its users for a lifetime." His work may not be for everyone (the show is called Extreme Living, after all), but there's no doubt that his modern organic homes are one of a kind.