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PORTER Street 

Portsmouth, NH

 

The location drove the design for an urban infill to enforce a lost streetscape.
To give life to an empty lot in the center of Portsmouth, the team decided to bring a traditional city streetscape to Portsmouth's downtown. Extra levels of review by the Historic District Commission were required.

 

Our team's experience with the approval process enabled an alternative form of row house-style townhouses to be added to Portsmouth's cityscape. While traditional in seaside New England, this style was not present in current Portsmouth architecture. The exterior of the housing complements neighboring brick buildings, while unique gable roofs feel a part of, but not the same as, the rest of the city. The rhythm of the building's dormers continues down to the bay window along the facade. Raised first-floor entrances provide progression from public to private space. Inside, the units feature three levels of spacious living space with open stairwells. Skylights over the stair allow natural light to flood the interior.

 

 

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