With much of Portland’s peninsula already built, it is not often that a firm has the opportunity to design a new home in an already thriving downtown neighborhood. Such a project presents a different set of challenges than a home on a larger, less urban parcel. The new building was required to be compatible in scale, mass, and orientation to the surrounding houses, while meeting the owner’s vision of a contemporary, energy-efficient home. The challenge to create a spacious home within a small footprint on an existing site also appealed to RR|A’s commitment to green design.
The result is a contemporary, energy-efficient home that complements its eclectic setting. Double-stud framing increases the performance of the envelope, and the flat roof is designed for installation of future solar domestic water and photovoltaic collectors. In addition, the location provides all of the benefits of urban living, making it possible for the owner to walk and bike to most amenities.
The open plan on the first floor contrasts with more intimate live / work spaces on the second floor, and stairs provide access to a roof deck that has views of Casco Bay.
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