The Namaste| Contemporary ADU


Responding to the client's wish for a minimalist dark ADU, we created a black stained wood box, with contrasting carve-outs clad in warm natural wood.

This client challenged us to develop a design that was simple, modern, and black. To respond to this request we are cladding the simple form in black stained cedar siding, with natural cedar where the volume is carved out. She wanted a place to age in, so we developed a single level barrier-free design. The goal was to keep the ADU very compact and efficient while making it feel larger by developing a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. We created a simple box form, and then carved out a covered patio and protected front entryway. The interior is bright and open with large windows and doors providing lots natural light from all directions and allowing the space to be opened to the outdoors. 

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Propel Studio Architecture
Carlos Rafael Photography

Portland, Oregon
SE Hawthorne Neighborhood

550 sf