Corey Martin and Ben Kaiser, the partners behind Path Architecture, have been developing, designing, and serving as contractors for a series of dynamic new infill housing developments and single-family houses peppering the city.
Path developed the Williams Five apartments on a narrow 50-foot-by-94-foot lot on N Williams Avenue, six feet shy of the 50-by-100 foot traditional Portland lot. By arranging the units along a pathway and courtyard perpendicular to the street, Path was able to snuggle five housing units onto a single-home lot.
Infill lots can present a challenge for higher-density development, particularly when it comes to light. To bring more light to the lower floors of the units, Path developed a simple steel grate for the second-level floors.
Traditionalists may balk at the abstract, modern style of Williams Five, but the development’s materials—stucco and wood—and its craftsmanship could not be more Old World. These housing units are designed and built to last. They’ll be appreciated decades from now.
Founded by William Neburka and Carrie Schilling, Works Partnership Architecture has designed high-profile remodels of Central East Side icons like the Olympic Mills Warehouse. But the Bside6 building, rising near the eastern bridgehead of Burnside Street, is the firm’s first stand-alone building.
Rising on a 38-foot-wide lot that most developers would believe too small to profitably build on, Bside6 has proven that simplicity can overcome economics. The building utilizes an exposed post-tension concrete frame to span the 38-foot lot, leaving column-free floor plates. It stretches its north face to create a relationship with the historical arcaded structures located to the east.
The house has no traditional wood-stud framing, as high-density insulation sandwiched between plywood provides the structure. But where many architects cover the panels with lap siding or other cladding systems, Dougherty is using Cor-Ten steel and recycled wood from a barn.