Impressive Modern Architecture Developed in Relationship to a Gothic Church

Impressive Modern Architecture Developed in Relationship to a Gothic Church

12+ Alder is a remarkable design project belonging to Skylab Architecture. Located in Portland, Oregon, next to a beautiful and imposing Victorian Gothic church, the modern residence is an interesting addition to its neighborhood. Jeff Kovel, founder of Skylab Architecture stated: “The church is amazing. It was a real no-man’s-land down here, and one of the things we wanted to do when building 12 + Alder was to feed off the church and to extend the context of [the] architectural experience.” The result? A large living room that offers spectacular views of the monument across the street. The new building currently serves as an office for Skylab and two other companies. Moreover, the structure accommodates a 2,000 square-foot crib on the second floor where Kovel’s family lives. Have a look at the photos below and tell us if you like this extreme architecture contrast between 12+ Alder and the Presbyterian Church.


  • May. December 18, 2010 at 05:10 AMLogin to Reply →

    OMG! I can’t believe this is a chuch.
    I love the interiors, it’s awesome!!

    I wanna have some living room like that :)

  • John J Habela December 19, 2010 at 12:53 PMLogin to Reply →

    Bravo! Your use of the interior space has a beautiful mesh of contemporary and personal warmth. I also liked the way you were able to include the entire pinnacle of the church by your window treatment. The combination of abstract shape and functionality of the glass created a visual treat.

  • DoubleGlazingWarwick December 19, 2010 at 16:31 PMLogin to Reply →

    This design is better than the other designs I’ve ever seen. The interior and exterior are outstanding and no one would say it is a church.

  • Sharon Brady December 19, 2010 at 23:07 PMLogin to Reply →

    exteriors are ew interiors are nice!

  • Paul December 20, 2010 at 05:07 AMLogin to Reply →

    I’m officially jealous. Love the brick lining the walkway to the front door. Looks like a snazzy place to throw a party.

  • Gloria December 21, 2010 at 19:58 PMLogin to Reply →

    This is one of the best interior design. Everything is appropriate and complete in its own way.