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Windows and doors hug the corners of the building, maximizing reflected light within.

The Park Box, Portland, Ore.

The Park Box, Portland, Ore.

  • To capture natural light, this duplex stretches on an east-west axis and elevates its main living spaces above street level.

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    To capture natural light, this duplex stretches on an east-west axis and elevates its main living spaces above street level.

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    To capture natural light, this duplex stretches on an east-west axis and elevates its main living spaces above street level.

  • Centered on the length of the site, the plan gives each unit a private yard.

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    Centered on the length of the site, the plan gives each unit a private yard.

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    Centered on the length of the site, the plan gives each unit a private yard.

  • Simple finishes helped keep construction cost down.

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    Simple finishes helped keep construction cost down.

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    Simple finishes helped keep construction cost down.

  • Windows and doors hug the corners of the building, maximizing reflected light within.

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    Windows and doors hug the corners of the building, maximizing reflected light within.

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    Windows and doors hug the corners of the building, maximizing reflected light within.

  • A tension rod-supported stair gives the effect of cantilevered treads, while also meeting code.

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    A tension rod-supported stair gives the effect of cantilevered treads, while also meeting code.

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    A tension rod-supported stair gives the effect of cantilevered treads, while also meeting code.

  • The second-loor plan and building sections.

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    The second-loor plan and building sections.

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    The second-loor plan and building sections.

  • The ground floor and main floor plans.

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    The ground floor and main floor plans.

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    Courtesy Path Architecture

    The ground floor and main floor plans.

path architecture
portland

This modernist duplex would look good anywhere, but it addresses the specific environment of urban Portland, Ore. Taking advantage of a corner lot, designer Corey Martin oriented the units to provide private side yards and abundant south light. “It doesn’t have an overhang, and that’s intentional,” Martin adds. “You want to see the sky.” Windows located at corners wash reflected light through sparely detailed rooms. “There’s a tautness to it,” said one judge, referring to a quality that is present throughout but perhaps best exemplified by the tension rod-supported interior stair.


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