The Complete City Filled In
The Portland Society for Architecture's recent design competition asks us to imagine the future of the ADU.
As anyone who has tried to purchase property in the past year knows, Portland has a pressing need for diverse, affordable housing. The city’s newly adopted building code contains a major coup on that front, allowing for the creation of up to two accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on any residential lot in the city. In the hope that any overly restrictive rules in the code will be brought to light—as well as to serve as inspiration to anyone looking to add an ADU to their own property— the Portland Society for Architecture (PSA) conducted a design competition to visualize and test this new housing policy. Open to anyone from designers and artists to the general public, the only requirements were that the ADUs had to include a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, and entryway. The PSA received 32 submissions and awarded 5. We’re showcasing our favorites, and our editors are taking notes for their own work-from-home space, mother-in-law unit, writing studio, guest quarters… the possibilities are endless. The winning submissions will be on view at PelotonLabs coworking space into 2022.