Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter

Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter

Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter - Windows, DoorCape Cod / Atelier Waechter - Stairs, Chair, HandrailCape Cod / Atelier Waechter - Image 4 of 10Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter - Stairs, Handrail, Chair, ColumnCape Cod / Atelier Waechter - More Images+ 5

Portland, United States

Text description provided by the architects. 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.

Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter - Image 4 of 10
© Sally Schoolmaster

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Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter - Stairs, Chair, Handrail
© 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.

Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter - Facade, Deck
© 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.

Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter - Windows, Door
© 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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Cite: "Cape Cod / Atelier Waechter" 18 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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