fletcher farr ayotte, portland

This is urban living," said the jury, who were impressed by the project's strong indoor-outdoor connections and neighborhood feel.

Kevin Cavenaugh, an intern with FFA, bought an undeveloped urban infill lot and turned it into two live/work buildings, with commercial spaces (currently a bakery and a wine bistro) on the ground floors and loft apartments above. "I've always wanted to design a building with garage doors and radiant heated concrete floors," says Cavenaugh. "So I decided to be my own client and just do it."

Commercial garage doors were custom-fit with argon-filled glazing; 8-inch-thick concrete floors are the sole heat source. As a pleasant surprise after the design was complete, FFA discovered the project qualifies for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

project designer: Kevin Cavenaugh, Fletcher Farr Ayotte
principal in charge: Dale Farr, Fletcher Farr Ayotte
developer: Cavenaugh + Cavenaugh, Portland
general contractor: Joe Kennedy, O'Brien Constructors, Portland
project size: 7,318 square feet total
site size: 0.12 acre
construction cost: $121 per square foot
rental price: $900 to $1,300 per month for living spaces
units in project: 5 residential, 2 commercial
photographer: Gene Faulkner