Waechter Architecture’s Garden House Wins Top Design Award!

WA is proud to announce that on October 30th they, alongside celebrated Allied Works Architecture, won the highest design award in Portland; the AIA Honor Award.

Waechter Architecture received an AIA Honor Award for Garden House, their first-ever Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU); a small project to begin with, particularly in comparison with Allied Works Architecture’s 134,000 sq. ft., $30 million, Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, PNCA’s newest campus addition.

Garden House was submitted to AIA Portland’s Design Awards “Small Projects” category, however, the jury opted to give it an award of more significant measure as they believed it shares “with this massive project like the PNCA, the sense of virtuosity that … we really have to acknowledge professionally.” Juror Kevin Daly, founder of Kevin Daly Architects of Santa Monica and Design Faculty member at UCLA, went on to say, “One of the things that is really striking about this project was it took three or four very onerous zoning requirements and turned them into real attributes of the project … it’s really about reclaiming space, and rethinking the fundamentals; the core of urban space in the city.”

The zoning requirements WA specifically and cleverly found solutions for were:

- A building height limitation of 18’

- A total size limitation of 800 square feet

- Siding must match the existing home

- Roof angle must match the existing home

- Window proportions must match the existing home

MORE INFORMATION: Garden House’s exaggerated eaves cantilever 10 feet on both sides of the house creating protected outdoor spaces below and two generous ceiling height bedrooms (and a 2nd bathroom) upstairs. “Our client wanted to build a new 800 square foot dwelling in their backyard.  The idea was to build a surprise… a sculpture… an object in the landscape,” says Ben Waechter, Principal of Waechter Architecture. This new structure has the iconic silhouette form of a “house” yet is abstracted into a distilled and pure sculptural form. Support spaces for this ADU are made up of a stairway and half bath on the north side and a kitchen on the south, bookending the living room. 

Waechter Architecture took Portland’s increased density movement and used it as an opportunity to explore housing iconography, sculptural forms, dual-purpose elements, and explore how to massage small space regulations in order to maximize useable space.

Construction on Garden House was completed in March 2015 and is located in the SE Clinton neighborhood.




Review Article Be the first to review this article
Featured Video
Latest Blog Posts
The Open Geospatial Consortium BlogThe OGC Blog
by The Open Geospatial Consortium Blog
Sponsorship Opportunities for the OGC Climate Change Services 2022 Pilot
Jobs
GIS Specialist for Schneider Geospatial at Indianapolis, Indiana
Assistant Professor in Applied GIS for University of San Diego at San Diego, California
Product Design Engineer - Softgoods for Apple Inc at Cupertino, California
Director, Industrial Machinery Solutions- SISW PLM for Siemens AG at Livonia, Michigan
ASIC Architects and Hardware Engineers at D. E. Shaw Research for D. E. Shaw Research at New York, New York
Senior Highway Engineer for RS&H at Jacksonville, Florida
Upcoming Events
GIS-Pro 2021: URISA's 59th Annual Conference at 701 Lee St #960 Des Plaines IL - Oct 3 - 6, 2021
Autodesk University 2021 | Free digital conference at United States - Oct 5 - 14, 2021
IEC 61850 Week 2021 at United Kingdom - Oct 18 - 22, 2021
Geospatial World Forum 2021 at Amsterdam Netherlands - Oct 20 - 22, 2021



© 2021 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
670 Aberdeen Way, Milpitas, CA 95035
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise