Cape Cod / Benjamin Waechter Architect

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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.

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Architects: Atelier Waechter
Location: , Oregon,
Builder: Prutting and Co.
Structural Engineer: Munzing Structural Engineering
Owner: Lola Oyibo & Eric Boardman
Project Area: 1,400 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sally Schoolmaster

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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.

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ground floor plan

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.

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second floor plan

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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Cite: "Cape Cod / Benjamin Waechter Architect" 18 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    Inside style is cool enough…

  • Zoheir

    lovely house !!
    it has something special, I don”t know what !!

  • liveload

    great reworking of an existing type. love the rooftop terrace and the clever bedroom level plan. the big windows are also very appealing: solid. personally, i would have mirrored the main floor core so that the bathroom door was facing the entrance. bathrooms that open onto a dinning space are very awkward.

  • Gordon

    My neighbourhood was all little cottages like this one. Most are being raised, or second floors added, but none with the wit and authenticity as this.