Plans for “pioneering” Portland wooden high-rise put on hold

Construction of a timber-framed high-rise building proposed for Portland’s Pearl District, which would have become one of the USA’s tallest wooden structures, has been postponed indefinitely. Local firm Lever Architecture designed the 130-foot (40-metre) mixed-used Framework tower to be one of the country’s first high-rises to adopt a wooden construction, employing a mix of two types of engineered wood: cross-laminated

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William Kaven proposes Portland’s tallest skyscrapers at US Postal Office site

Portland-based firm William Kaven Architecture has put forward a scheme to redevelop the soon-to-be demolished US postal building in the Oregon city, including a pair of towers built alongside a high-speed rail system. William Kaven Architecture has proposed a complete overhaul of Portland’s US Postal Office headquarters site in the Pearl District, which is planned

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Kengo Kuma uses “borrowed scenery” to infuse nature into Suteki House

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has used an ancient East Asian landscaping principle to inform the design of this house outside Portland, Oregon. Kuma designed the concept house for Japanese builder Suteki, which constructed the residence as part of this year’s NW Natural Street of Dreams. The project in the leafy Happy Valley neighbourhood, southeast of

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Works Progress Architecture tops Portland apartment building with zigzagging roof

US firm Works Progress Architecture has created a residential building in Portland with gabled roofs, which help it stand out from the conventional boxy structures that are emerging in the Oregon city. Langano Apartments is situated within the Buckman neighbourhood, known for its tree-lined streets, restored bungalows, artisan shops and trendy restaurants. The 30-unit building is situated on a

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Five influential projects by Northwest modern architect John Yeon

Mid-century Portland architect John Yeon is the subject of an exhibition at the city’s art museum. Here’s a look at five buildings that demonstrate his Northwest modern style. The son of a wealthy Oregon road builder, Yeon designed his first house aged 27 and became synonymous with Northwest modernism through a series of subsequent commissions. Many of his

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Portland Art Museum spotlights local modernist architect John Yeon

The life and work of modernist architect John Yeon is the focus of an exhibition at Portland Art Museum, which aims to elevate his profile and highlight his contribution to the area. Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes and Collections of John Yeon delves into the legacy of the local architect. Relatively unknown in other

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New week, new inspiration

Last week I took off from blogging to celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary, you can see a few of the places we travelled to right here. I feel proud that we’ve weathered the last decade together and still like each, still want to be together. I can…

Portland tower becomes first timber high-rise to gain planning consent in the US

A 12-storey building proposed for Portland’s Pearl District has received the go-ahead from planners, paving the way for it to become the USA’s first high-rise wooden structure. The Framework Building, designed by Lever Architecture to be built from mass timber, was approved for construction by the State of Oregon and the City of Portland this

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Holst Architecture wraps curvaceous facades of Portland office buildings in cedar

US firm Holst Architecture took cues from Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí while conceiving a pair of commercial buildings in central Portland. Called One North, the project consists of two sculptural buildings organised around a central courtyard, along with a third, rectilinear building by a different architect. Built on a former brownfield site, the complex is

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Kengo Kuma’s major expansion of Portland Japanese Garden opens

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a new complex for an urban garden in Portland, Oregon, that features a central courtyard and buildings topped with pagoda-style, green roofs. The project is the first public commission in America for Kuma, who founded in Tokyo-based practice in 1990. He won the commission through an international competition. The

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Kengo Kuma’s expansion of Portland Japanese Garden set to open in April

Work is nearly complete on a major expansion to an urban Japanese garden in Oregon – the first public commission in America for architect Kengo Kuma. The serene park – which encompasses nine acres (3.6 hectares) on a hill near downtown Portland – is considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

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Architecture Building Culture adds housing units to postnatal recovery centre in Portland

Portland studio Architecture Building Culture has created a gabled structure to accommodate more residents at a local communal home for new mothers (+ slideshow). The new building houses two compact studios for Laura’s Place, a transitional housing facility for patients discharged from the Letty Owings Center – which provides health services to pre- and postnatal More

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Beebe Skidmore’s dark green Portland home takes cues from Arts and Crafts architecture

This cedar-clad dwelling in Portland, Oregon, by local studio Beebe Skidmore Architects serves as a modern interpretation of the historic Craftsman-style bungalows found throughout the city (+ slideshow). The project’s name, 44th and Klickitat, refers to its address in the Alameda-Beaumont district. The well-established neighbourhood is dotted with American Craftsman homes, which generally feature open porches, More

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Scott Edwards Architecture creates home with acoustically separate spaces for a Portland family

Oregon firm Scott Edwards Architecture has created a home in Portland that includes soundproof rehearsal spaces for a family of musicians (+ slideshow). The residence, dubbed Music Box, was designed to accommodate the family’s need for acoustically separate rooms so they don’t interrupt each other’s practice. “The Music Box Residence was designed around the intimate and More

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Kinfolk’s Reform exhibit

Kinfolk, originally from Portland, OR has relocated its headquarters to one of my favorite cities, Copenhagen. The offices also offer space for dinners and a gallery which opened June 4, and is currently hosting an exhibit entitled Reform which is host…

Lever Architecture proposes timber-framed tower for Portland

Lever Architecture has designed a 12-storey tower for Portland, Oregon, that will be one of the tallest wooden buildings in the US. Called Framework, the mixed-use building is slated to be constructed in the Pearl District, a trendy Portland neighbourhood. If completed, the 130-foot (40-metre) tower will be one of the first tall wooden buildings More

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Glass facade reveals timber structure of Frame Work building in Portland

This small commercial building in Portland, Oregon, designed by Works Partnership Architecture has an engineered timber frame that is visible behind a glass curtain wall (+ slideshow). The structure, called Frame Work, includes a concrete base with the upper four floors framed in glue-laminated beams, and diagonally laid tongue-and-groove floors and ceilings. The concrete base […]

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Waechter Architecture updates century-old Portland house with a bright red facade

A small late-Victorian dwelling in Portland, Oregon, has been transformed into a modern home with a monochrome red steel and wood exterior (+ slideshow). The two-storey, 2,200-square-foot (204 square metres) house retains the basic shape of its original design, but its overall form has been simplified. Waechter Architecture’s goal for the renovation was to create a “modern sculpture,” […]

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Postmodern buildings: the Portland Municipal Services Building, Oregon, by Michael Graves

Pomo summer: Michael Graves’ pink and teal Portland Municipal Services Building in Portland, Oregon, is one of Postmodernism’s most important structures – and also one of its most divisive. As our season dedicated to the controversial movement nears its end, we revisit the building that kickstarted the debate about preserving Postmodern architecture. When the Portland Municipal […]

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Kengo Kuma expansion plan unveiled for Japanese garden in Oregon

Architect Kengo Kuma has designed an expansion scheme for the Portland Japanese Garden that preserves existing gardens while adding new buildings to the verdant site (+ slideshow). The project – which is the Japanese architect’s first public commission in the US – calls for constructing a new “Cultural Village” with several buildings organised around a central courtyard. […]

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work/live and a hammock

A home with an atrium in the middle, an atrium with a hammock? Can’t get much better than this, a renovated warehouse that was redesigned to serve as living space as well as work. Also, this place is in one of my favorite US cities, Portland.

Snøhetta reveals design for Portland’s first city market since 1942

Snøhetta has unveiled plans to build the first official market building in Portland, Oregon, for over 70 years. The architecture and design studio – which has offices in New York and Oslo – will lead the design team for the community-funded James Beard Public Market, a new year-round food market for the American city. It will be Portland’s first permanent market since […]

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The form of Ben Waechter’s Pavilion house is derived from a dining table

Four “legs” support the upper level of this house in Portland, Oregon – a design intended to offer the openness of a glass house, without compromising on privacy (+ slideshow). Designed by locally based architect Ben Waechter, the residence was based around the basic form of a dining table. This created a building with an opaque upper storey, […]

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Ben Waechter’s Tower House makes the most of an “unbuildable” Portland hillside

Faced with a sharply sloping plot in Portland, Oregon, architect Ben Waechter chose to “build up rather than out” to create a cost-efficient house for a family (+ slideshow). The four-storey Tower House was constructed on a site that had previously been called “unbuildable” due to its constrained position between a ravine and another house. To […]
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Postmodern Portland Building will be saved, says architect Michael Graves

News: Michael Graves’ seminal Portland Public Services Building will be spared from demolition, despite being described as a “white elephant” and requiring an estimated $95 million for renovation. Also known as the Portland Building, the 15-storey office block in Portland, Oregon, will continue to provide facilities for 1,300 of the city’s employees with a redesign that will […]
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