Our Hyder Court project in Portsmouth, NH has won the 2014 Plan NH Visualizing Density Award in the Urban Infill category! To help inform and inspire towns, developers and others as they grapple with this idea of density, New Hampshire Housing and Plan NH (as part of their Vibrant Villages NH initiative) have been working with partners in historic preservation, professional planners and NH Planners Association, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of NH, American Institute of Architects-NH and Regional Planning Commissions to help gather good examples of residential and mixed-use density from throughout New Hampshire. This project — on two lots totaling just over one acre — features two buildings, each with three units. The jury may have said it best, “the contemporary look and feel provides a good transition from the traditional neighborhood that surrounds it on two sides to the harder, more urban-feel of the by-pass, hotels, traffic circle, and I-95, all within 100 yards or so of the remaining two sides.” Our projects in Portsmouth, a city steeped in historic character with a deep interest in preservation, doesn’t typically allow us to work so far outside the box so it was especially rewarding that the City and owner were so receptive to the contemporary attributes of this design. The Visualizing Density in New Hampshire Awards Event featuring guest speaker Howard Mansfield, resident of New Hampshire and author of his latest book, Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter.
Above: Mansfield reading from his book, and photo op with Brandon, Mansfield and the award.