The Complete City Filled In

The Portland Society for Architecture's recent design competition asks us to imagine the future of the ADU.

Jonathan Manzo, principal at Urb-in in San Francisco, drew inspiration from the additive massing of the Maine vernacular farmhouse for Junior House, Senior House, Middle House, which allows for new-to-the-market homeowners and seniors to live in community.
Sidekick is a contextual response to 17 Kellogg Street in Portland’s Munjoy Hill neighborhood and takes inspiration from the Northeastern typology of the jetty house.
The project winner, Straw House by Primary Projects x Croft is a foam-free (and therefore carbon friendly) passive house that is designed to be easy to build, affordable, contextually appropriate, and nice on the eyes.

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.

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