The second is a view from the deck of the Wilkinson residence in the hills over Portland, Oregon. This is a place where I could while away many an evening, letting the wooden members surrounding and supporting me in the treetops release me from the cares of the day.
A slide show of the Wilkinson residence can be seen here.
The last two shots are exterior and interior views of the Fennell residence, a floating home also in the Portland area. Men have known for most of their existence that wood and water make uneasy yet inseparable partners, and where you find a waterside, you will find wooden structures. The outside view facing the shore seems to project defiantly back at the shore, "I've captured the spirit of your wood in my hull...come claim it!" While the interior view demonstrates the clean, calming lines that wood, properly done, will always provide, even in the forecastle of a nautical vessel.
The slide show is here...
I'll let Mr. Oshatz speak for himself on the inspiration for his style of design...
"An architect is an artist, creator, logician of evolving aesthetic structures; a designer of not only the visual but the internal space. I see architecture as a synthesis of logic and emotion, exploring and fulfilling the dreams, fantasies and realities of my clients, whether they are individuals, corporate, or community identities.
Except for the basic elements of design composition, dominance, transition, and identity; I stay away from design theories. They seem to be too transitory and irrelevant to my work. Design theories tend to outshine their author's performance, becoming limiting concepts, prejudicing the mind while tying one's hands behind one's back. They are roadblocks to new ideas. While subscribing to a particular theory of design an architect must solve problems within the parameters of that theory; this is limiting at best.
Without architectural theories the process of designing a structure remains in its purest form, simply solving a given problem. Design becomes a process of integrating its key ingredients… program and environment. The program (problem to be solved) is what makes a project unique, and the seed of a solution is found within the problem itself. An opportunity exists within every design to develop a unique solution. The environment is the source of a projects poetic sense. Every site has its own character; the challenge to the architect is to capture that character and translate its spirit into architectural poetry."- http://www.oshatz.com/text/thearchitect.htm
The proof of one's approach to work, or to life, is in the fruits of their labor. Mr. Oshatz needs no further proof of his personal insight, than these.