Before & After: An Upcycled Duplex in Portland

Jetson Green

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When I hear the word "upcycling" I generally think of specific products, but this project in Portland, Oregon is an interesting example of a how an entire building can go from tear-down to neighborhood asset.

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Design-build firm Hammer & Hand worked with Scott Edwards Architecture to transform this dilapidated 1905 building into an energy-efficient duplex that uses less than $100 a month in energy costs!

In addition to the energy upgrades and overall face lift, this renovation boasts other tenets of sustainable design:

  • The lower unit was designed and built to be ADA-compliant with aging-in-place components that make it easier for people to live independently as they grow older.
  • The duplex harvests rainwater and includes native plants and a bioswale for on site infiltration.
  • The project is also a good example of how transforming a neighborhood eyesore can encourage urban density, less driving, and a stronger sense of community.

(Images: Jetson Green and The Oregonian)

(Re-edited from a post originally published 09.27.11 - NM)

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