portland housing - portland, oregon
Transcending the notion of one central “common green”, this proposal for a multi-unit infill housing development in Eastern Portland, OR, envisions a web of interconnected two-story homes and intimate courtyard spaces, creating a spatially engaging, sustainable neighborhood. The 12 buildings are based on a kit of prefabricated components, including precast concrete, wood veneer rainscreen panels, and high-efficiency glazing. Green roofs create an extensive topographic roofscape accessible from the homes below. The buildings extend down into a partially submerged parking plinth, where bamboo groves rise from sunken rain gardens absorbing rainwater runoff. Openings in the plinth provide daylight and ventilation for the parking pods and allow the tall bamboo to grow up into the courtyards above. The 12 homes can be configured and combined to allow for a variety of unit sizes, ranging from 530 to 1,890 SF each. Buildings cover a total area of 6,960 SF, or about 41% of the site.