Cully Grove

Architect: Green Gables Design and Restoration

Location: Portland, Oregon

Category: One- and Two-Family Production Homes (category two)

In the tradition of cohousing and cottage clusters, this development extends green building practices from the individual home scale to that of a small, multi-generational community.

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Cully Grove weaves together shared amenities, existing trees, artwork, winding paths, play areas and garden beds to create a fun and sustainable haven for urban gardeners of all ages.  In the tradition of cohousing and cottage clusters, this development extends green building practices from the individual home scale to that of a small, multi-generational community.

On two acres, sixteen modest homes curve around two distinctive courtyards.  One is anchored by a magnificent Oregon white oak, the other by gardens and a hardwood grove where children play and families picnic.  At the heart of the community is an 1,100 square foot common house for shared meals, social gatherings, music, movie nights, or hosting out-of-town guests. All homes have solar water and PV.

In just a few years, Cully Grove has become a beautiful, bountiful and sustainable ‘farm-in-the-city,’ where residents live their values and can grow much of their food on site.

"I find this project very progressive socially and imagine that living here would be a life changing experience.  I think that the design is well suited to the program and elevates the otherwise ordinary neighborhood context."—Jury comment

Additional information

Developer: Orange Splot LLC

Architect: Green Gables Design and Restoration

Consulting architect: communitecture ARCHITECTURE | PLANNING | DESIGN

General contractor: Orange Splot LLC

Engineer (civil): CWK2 Land Development Services

Engineer (structural): Horn Consulting Engineers, LLC

Engineer (geotechnical:) Alder Geotechnical Services

Metal artist: Richard Cawley Sculptural Design

Landscape architect: LANDline Design

Land use consultant: Mieke Keenan Land Use Consulting Services

Jury

Katherine Williams, AIA, (Chair) Fifth Generation Holdings, Falls Church, Virginia

Joe Digrado, AIA, Danielian Associates, Irvine, California

Blake Held, AIA, Blake H. Held Architect, PLLC, Honeoye Falls, New York

Charles Mudede, The Stranger (Journalist), Seattle, Washington

David Perkes, AIA, Mississippi State University GCCDS, Biloxi, Mississippi    

Image credits

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Brian Foulkes

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Brian Foulkes

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Hans Kretschmer

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Brian Foulkes

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Mark Lakeman