$1.88M Architect Robert Thompson-Designed Architectural Masterpiece Pending Sale in Portland Heights
$1,885,000 | Built 1986 | 3,922 Sq. Ft. | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 0.25 Acres
2725 SW Sherwood Dr, Portland, OR 97201
Designed by Portland architect Robert Thompson and built in 1986, this architectural marvel was artfully remodelled in 2020 by Portland-based interior designers Bright Designlab. The nearly 4,000 square foot modern home is pending sale after hitting the market in mid-August for $1.88 million. Listing details: An icon of 80’ modern architecture, this 1986 home in Portland Heights was originally designed by celebrated Portland architect Robert Thompson, founding principal of TVA Architects. The original home was composed of simple elegant, understated geometric forms featuring high ceilings, sweeping glass block walls and dramatic walls of glass that frame strategic views of the quiet, tree-filled Marquam Nature Park abutting the south property line. The house received an artful total remodel in 2020 from the well-regarded Portland Interiors firm Bright Designlab, who seamlessly picked up where the original architecture left off instilling a repeating motif of the granite curves and modern function, making this a true one-of-a-kind home.
Built in 1986, this house was commissioned just before the Nike World Campus project began the following year. Signature elements of the era are all found here, expressed in refined and elegant ways, starting with the offset volumes, swooping curves and straight lines of the front façade. Manicured landscaping offsets the assured geometry, guiding visitors through a custom front gate, to an exterior entry court and a two-story glass block wall. Inside, the soft curves continue in a rounded interior glass block wall to the left, and underfoot, black terrazzo floors with arcing blue inlays. Across from the front door and spacious foyer, there’s a double-height framed view of the Marquam woods at the rear of the home.
Thanks to the strategic placement of windows throughout, whether picture windows or high clerestories, you mostly see moss-covered tree trunks, fluttering leaves and branches, and little to no neighbors, making for a quiet, secluded setting for this 80’s Mod architecture to pop. Equally noticeable is how the glass block at the front of the home diffuses and softens the natural light, while also providing privacy, further underscoring that this is home amongst the trees with its expansive forest views to the back. Three floors of generous decks off the rear façade complete the home, making the merge of inside and out complete. This 1986 architectural residence is pending sale and on the market for $1.88 million with Jeff Weithman of / (W)here. Photography by Jones Media Shop.
In 2020, the recent owners commissioned high-end local firm Bright Designlab, known for their acute artistic vision, for a bespoke renovation of Bob Thompson’s original design. “When it’s something that iconic, we have to listen to the whispers of the house. There’s no way we could ignore that it’s literally an icon of the 80’s and done well for that time,” said interior designer Alissa Pulcrano, founder of Bright Designlab, in a recent Domino Magazine profile about the house. The firm succeeded in embracing the home’s provenance and celebrating it, while introducing interesting surfaces, artful cabinetry and wood detailing, and keeping the overall feel clean and bright, fresh and modern.
Robert Thompson is responsible for the design of many of the most prominent buildings throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest including The Nike World Headquarters, Nike’s Asian HQ in Shanghai China, The Park Avenue West Tower, The Fox Tower adjacent to Pioneer Square in the heart of downtown Portland as well as the Matthew Knight Arena and Ford Alumni Center on the University of Oregon Campus to name a few. He is the recipient of over 45 awards for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects.