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Modernizing a historic home in Portland

Writer Brian Libby profiles the Fivesquare Residence for the New York Times. The article details the firm’s unexpected renovation of a typical foursquare bungalow by crowning the historic home with a modern rooftop addition. Libby describes this unconventional approach: "Unlike much of the recent construction in the city’s historic neighborhoods, which apes traditional styles in an effort to blend in, the Altmans’ house doesn’t try to hide its addition. The cube that Thomas Robinson of LEVER Architecture designed to expand the unused attic space perches on top of the house, at a 45-degree angle, like a modern treehouse, offering panoramic views of the neighborhood."