Orchid Cityhomes Green and Complete!

About a year ago, we showed some renderings of Orchid Street Cityhomes, and it turns out, the homes are now finished.  Matter of fact, they’ve won a Root Award in Portland Spaces‘ inaugural design competition.  Well deserved, I believe.  Orchid Cityhomes is a duplex, or connected rowhouses, but the party wall is the garage, so the homes maintain a level of privacy and separation that’s usually missing in most attached residences.  They were designed and developed by Building Arts Workshop and both dwellings just received LEED Platinum certification about a week before Christmas.  Some of the green amenities include:


  • Remote controlled skylights that can open for fresh air
  • Reclaimed Douglas fir cabinets, shelving, and fir slat stairs
  • Rain-screen wall that filters water for irrigation, toilets, and laundry
  • In-floor radiant heating
  • Heat recovery ventilators that also bring in fresh air
  • Kitchen countertops made from Seattle curbside recycled glass

Jeff and Tracy Prose, founders of Building Arts Workshop, moved into one of the homes and the other was sold prior to completion for just shy of $700k.  Further, according to a September article in Homes + Gardens Northwest, the homes were built for a cost of ~$185 psf (feel free to do the math, the homes are each 2000 sf).  Now that’s quite the motivating case for developing modern, green homes!




Photo credits: Bob Zaikowski.