Fresh geometries inform a modular residence in Portland, Oregon.
“It’s grown-up Legos,” says Kaja Taft, describing her modular prefabricated house in Northeast Portland, Oregon, designed by Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture. “There was nothing here. Eight hours later, there was a house made out of triangles.”
Taft, an instructional designer, moved to Portland for college, where she met her husband, Kristopher, a fifth-grade public-school teacher. The couple lived in Spain for two years but came back to Portland. “I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live,” Taft says. “It’s beautiful, easy to get around, and has culture. You can drive 20 minutes and you’re in the woods.”