Perched above the Columbia River is the latest addition to the Vancouver Waterfront Prominade, Kirkland Towers. The mid-rise tower is part of a series of vitalization efforts from the city to bolster the riverwalk.  The multi-year controlled sprawl brings forth a focused urbanity while being minutes drive from rustling evergreen conifers, cavernous gorges, and the gently moving Columbia slipping pass crescent coves on both the Oregon-Washington shorelines.

Harkening to youth spent in Southern Oregon and later attending university in the desert, Andy found a profound tidal influence from the dynamic geology in places he’s called home.  From the jutting limestone carsts of Face Rock to nature’s indexing of time found in the compact sentiment of Nevada’s deserts, we took these natural phenomena as design cues to introduce our own interior landscape of monoliths, striated details, and granular tactility.  


The entry is always a guide to set the tones and embellishments we may later find in the home. Foundationally, we worked with a palette of wirebrushed brown oaks, wispy velvets, and hardy Belgian linens. We created a crispness of lines with architectural accents of burnished brass and bronze metals. Pairing earthen greyish greens through curated art pieces from Charlie Leal with hints of doves and smokes in our soft textiles/area rugs allowed the darker silouettes to stand proudly.  

The heart of the home revolves around the open waterfall kitchen and L-shaped living configuration living room.  Bifurcating the 4 concrete structural columns, guest may gather around a 20-mm wirebrush oak channel dining plinth that seats 8. The perimeter curtain wall draws the gaze of guest towards Mt. St. Helen’s along the horizon. As evening sets, the spector and bloom of vehicular fireflies depart home from Portland.

Snaking back across the unit, a dedicated reading and spill out balcony is found adjacent to the at-home office. On the eastern wing of the unit are the domestic quarters with a guest suite and primary bedroom equipped with full baths and walk-in closets for the main. An additional powder and laundry room completes this nearly 2,400 sqft home.


Client: Andy
Type: Single Condo (2,372sqft)
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Design Direction:
Sophisticated Metropolitan Signature
Architect: Otak
Lead Interior Designer:
Cliff Chan
Photography: Say Monte
Status: Completed 2022

Scope of Work: Full home interior design including furnishings, art, decor, finishes and lighting selections