Green Inspiration: Modern Urban Infill House in Portland

Green Inspiration: Modern Urban Infill House in Portland

Lauren Zerbey
Jul 28, 2011

When we think of a green home, we might expect to see solar panels on the roof and giant cisterns to collect rainwater. But sometimes the most significant moves in designing a more sustainable home are not a product, but rather an idea, as illustrated in this Portland home by architect Webster Wilson.

Aside from the beautiful material palette and modern aesthetic, here are a few of the sustainable features that caught my eye (even if they weren't necessarily called out in the article):

  • The home was built on an existing urban infill lot in Portland, OR.
  • The home achieves a comfortable size by going up instead of out, maintaining a smaller footprint on the land.
  • The spaces are modestly sized, with an emphasis on dual-uses and flexibility.
  • The ground floor was designed as a rental unit, increasing density while maintaining a sense of privacy for both the tenants and homeowners.
  • The large windows and rooftop deck provide a connection to nature within an urban setting.
  • The use of simple and durable materials means a longer lifespan, less maintenance and better indoor air quality.

Read More: Modern Portland hillside home at Sunset Magazine

(Images: Sunset Magazine)

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