Introducing Origami: Sustainable, Modern Rowhomes
- By Rebekah Markillie
- August 27, 2019
Twelve sustainable modern townhomes dot the skyline on N Vancouver Avenue in the beautiful Piedmont neighborhood. The homes have a streamlined design aesthetic and are built with craftsmanship — a balance of artistry and functionality.
Design Forward Living
Award-winning architect Ben Waechter of Waechter Architecture designed the rowhomes to feel individual but uniform with their matching exteriors and similarly pitched roofs.
“The homes at Origami find a new balance between the individual and the whole. The design concept harkens back to the process of origami, in which a single sheet of paper can be manipulated through folding to produce more complex figures producing elements of light and shadow,” he said.
Earth Advantage Platinum
All homes at Origami are certified Platinum through Earth Advantage®. The Earth Advantage® Home Certification is a third-party, high-performance certification program for new single-family homes developed to ensure homeowners that a certified home is energy-efficient, health and resource-wise. Origami homes exceed code requirements for energy/water efficiency, incorporate high-performance features and are designed for better indoor air quality. Homes are approximately 30% more energy-efficient than code required building.
Flexible Living Options
On a sunny day, the homes appear blue but when the beloved Portland cloud cover arrives, the homes take on a beautiful array of shadows. Each home is distinctly unique with three floor plans to meet your lifestyle: Point, Pleat, and Plane.
Point homes are 2-bedroom single-family detached homes with two-and-a-half baths and an attached garage. The second floor is an open loft living space. The top floor has voluminous vaulted ceilings. Floor to ceiling windows throughout the home brings in an abundance of natural light.
Pleat homes are courtyard style townhomes with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths. A generously sized en suite bedroom occupies the entire top floor with territorial views and voluminous vaulted ceilings. Floor to ceiling windows throughout the home brings in an abundance of natural light. The ground floor living spaces flow directly into a European style walled courtyard to maximize privacy. Pleat homes are also equipped with a tankless water heater, outdoor storage, and a secure parking pad which can also function as an outdoor garden room. The homes have superior sound insulation in both walls and windows for a calming living space.
Plane homes are corner townhomes with two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths and a main floor studio Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). The top floor features two en-suite bedrooms and voluminous vaulted ceilings. Floor to ceiling windows throughout the home brings in an abundance of natural light. The second floor is a U-shaped open loft living space connected by a covered deck for outdoor entertaining. Homeowners can live upstairs and use the main level ADU for additional living space, rent the ADU for additional income or potentially a live/work scenario for an in-home business.
Origami’s developer, project^, is a values-driven real estate developer that aims to maximize the environmental, social and economic benefits inherent within meaningful spaces. project^ aspires to work at the convergence of economic discipline, rigor, and artistry. By design, it is a small company and the business is based on quality over quantity. Projects are intentionally chosen as vehicles for delivering design, environmentalism, and improving the lives of people.
For more information visit the Origami website.