burgess residence


project: burgess residence, eugene Oregon

year: 2013

Type: single family residential

architectural design: andy meakins


Set on 12 acres along the McKenzie River north of Eugene, this modern home was designed for the purposes of longevity, expandability, and sustainability. 

The needs of clients dictated that all essential functions of the house be on the ground floor, allowing for accessibility long into old age. The master suite, garage, utilities, kitchen, and main living area are all on the ground floor (essential functions), while guest bedrooms and secondary livings area are on the second floor, used only for the occasional guest. This makes the house feel intimate and is highly manageable for the busy clients. 

There was also mandate for reduction in life-cycle cost and reliance on the grid. use of alternative energy sources fulfilled this requirement. Systems employed were Photovoltaic solar, in-ground heat exchange heating system via radiant floor heating, a extremely thermally efficient roof (200 R-value), and passive cooling via use of stack effect. 

Simplicity in design, focus on strong tectonic geometry, site location that took advantage of river views, and locally sourced materials such as barn wood and cedar siding drove the aesthetic of the design. There was very little flourish or complication. Instead, the shape, size, orientation, and large windows were there to showcase and embrace the site and landscape around the home. 


the process for designing this house was iterative, helping the client envision shape, size, location and various uses. several iterations trimmed into a few guiding directions that finally helped us land on a theme, shape and location. With the contractor we value engineered several aspects of the design, trimming it to what is seen here. 

Work included Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, and some fabrication design (shop drawings).