14 PARCHELS HOUSING
|Team||Michael Etzel, Rice+Lipka Architects|
|Location||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Description||RLA teamed with Michael Etzel as one of 14 architects selected to design a multifamily habitat on a private, urban wooded parkland property tucked away within a tangle of highway infrastructure. A minor utopia is coalescing now with each parcel abutting the next, creating a tight knit community with a contemporary, sustainable, urban edge. LRA stacked four 25' x 42' units on our assigned corner lot situated at the entry to the complex. We shifted the volumes to create outdoor terraces, connected these shared spaces with a continuous stair that cuts through the mass of the building as it ascends up the building. The habitats, their terraces, and the stair are fully wrapped with a continuous diagonal trellis that provides shade in the summer and allows light in during the winter. Each unit has a living space with a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling window that breaks the plane of the trellis sleeve to provide uninterrupted views to the wooded surrounds.|
Developer Kevin Cavenaugh envisions an affordable place to live that values good design, with each habitat "pretending on the individual level to be architecture as normal; all the while it's an utterly extraordinary collection of designers and concepts working together to tap into, or break out of, the way we live. It wears the mask of a DIY development project, but it is a very real, non-hygienic exploration into the practice of architecture; and it has very real consequences."