Rockefeller Kempel Architects

Describe the featured project.

The genesis of this design traces back to a humble handwritten note that expressed a simple dream: “We envision a home that connects us with the outdoors and supports our family’s love of reading.” Inspired by our client’s admiration for mid-century modern architecture, this dwelling pays homage to the style’s uncluttered simplicity and harmonious integration with nature—all while reflecting their Southern California roots. 

Nestled into the scenic Pacific Northwest surroundings of Oregon’s wine country, the home’s form was influenced by the landscape—an enchanting grove of Douglas fir trees to the east and a breathtaking view of the Willamette Valley below to the south. A commitment to sustainable design guided the meticulous placement, capitalizing on natural daylight and prevailing breezes—echoing the mid-century ethos of seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces. Careful consideration was devoted to architectural nuances—both inside and out—using an authentic material palette featuring locally quarried stone and wood.

This project showcases our passion for craft and the value of building solid client relationships. It’s a thoughtfully constructed residence for a returning client, illustrating how our design sensibilities, rooted in Southern California modernist aesthetics, can be tailored to distant locales. 

Share a bit about your business.

Inspired by a love for beautiful things and the craftsmanship behind them, our team is made of detail-oriented architects and designers who genuinely enjoy what they do. What makes us unique is our ability to handle both custom residential and commercial projects. It starts with listening to the client’s story, understanding their values and working closely with consultants through the challenges of construction. We’re there from beginning to end, supporting the team and helping the client’s vision stay on track.

How does architectural design make a difference in how we live?

As architects and designers, we have the opportunity to significantly influence an individual’s day-to-day life. From the ambience of a home to the play of natural light, the proportions of a grand entrance, the seamless flow between spaces, the interaction with building materials and the intricate detailing of elements like handrails, stairs or window openings framing a view—though clients might not explicitly express it, these elements positively impact them. Hence, it’s our profound responsibility as architects and designers to not merely craft a home to meet our clients’ practical needs but to create a home that transcends, enabling them to lead the life they envisioned shaped by a uniquely tailored environment.

Photographed by Eric Staudenmaier