Porland Courtyard Housing

Porland Courtyard Housing

Architect
Acme architecture
Location
Portland, United States
Project Year
2007
Category
Housing
Rivera

Portland Courtyard Housing

Acme architecture as architect

This winning competition submission proposed six design principles as the basis for family-friendly infill housing: Fee Simple Ownership, Neighborhood Compatibility, Open Space Hierarchy, Security / Privacy, Affordability by Design and Sustainability.


Independent structures on fee simple lots, form a shared court.This multi-use space, permeably paved, terminates in a shaded Common Green; a vegetated infiltration basin. Appropriate setbacks & single family scaled massing, merge with the neighborhood. Familiar materials, albeit in modern forms, add domestic scale. Dooryards define territory, separating public from private. Modest scaled & simple, the homes form a variety of spaces that foster privacy & security. Children play on private patios, front porches, the shared court or common green, all within view and earshot of the home. Environmentally appropriate technologies & materials foster a sustainable living environment for families to flourish.

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