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Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter

  • 01:00 - 18 December, 2010
Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter
Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter, © Sally Schoolmaster
© Sally Schoolmaster

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  • Architects

  • Location

    3965 North Gantenbein Avenue, Portland, OR 97227, United States
  • Architects

    Atelier Waechter
  • Structural Engineer

    Munzing Structural Engineering
  • Builder

    Prutting and Co.
  • Owner

    Lola Oyibo & Eric Boardman
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. This residential renovation by Atelier Waechter transformed an existing 1947 single story Cape Cod style house into a compact and functional 1,400 sqf modern dwelling.  Simple clean lines, each level of the new house has a distinct character to meet the needs of the new inhabitants.  Cape Cod received a 2010 AIA Portland Built Merit Award.

© Sally Schoolmaster
© Sally Schoolmaster

Follow the break for more photographs and drawings.

© Sally Schoolmaster
© Sally Schoolmaster

The first floor living space is now one open room with living, dining and kitchen areas. Offset from the center of this room is a wooden box that contains “servant” spaces (stairs, powder room and storage). To go upstairs one literally steps into this wooden box creating a dramatic threshold between the main living space and the more private bedroom area above.

© Sally Schoolmaster
© Sally Schoolmaster

The original Cape Cod roof was removed and a second floor was added for bedrooms. In stark contrast to the first floor, the spatial order is comprised of 4 rooms organized around the central stair. The mood is quiet and calm through the scale of the rooms and the soft texture of the carpeting.

© Sally Schoolmaster
© Sally Schoolmaster

The open floor plan of the first floor reappears at the rooftop terrace. The diagram, once again, is a single room with a box “floating” off center. This time, however, the room perimeter consists of parapet walls which afford sweeping views of the neighborhood and distant mountains.

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