Uphill Housing



The first straw-insulated multifamily housing project in Maine

This project, 26-units of affordable housing in Portland, Maine, is an exercise in navigating constraints. While all projects are beholden to code, zoning, and their context, this project is also subject to Historic Review and stringent dimensional standards related to affordable subsidies.  

Within that context, we’re also asking bigger questions like:

  • What design decisions can increase cost-savings AND livability?
  • Can an affordable building sequester more CO2 than it emits?
  • Can renters build equity? 1


1. While working on this project, we learned of Renting Partnerships. An organization in Cincinnati, Ohio who’s developed a model in which long-term renters build wealth by taking part in the upkeep of their community.  


Ground Floor Plan

Typical Upper Floor Plan


Client

LB Atlantic, LLC

Timeline

2023-

Status

In Design

Location

Portland, Maine

Services

Architecture
Interior Design

Credits

Acorn Engineering, Inc
Civil Engineering

Base Design Group, Inc
Structural Engineering

BLW Engineers, Inc
MEP-FP Engineering

Croft,
Collaborator & Straw Panel Provider

Pieszak Lighting Design,
Lighting Design


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