How do we bridge industrial past and urban future? How do we create a smart, dynamic, soulful workspace?
Completion expected 2018
In collaboration with GBD Architects
Design a vibrant building on a complex, irregularly shaped site, and create a strong pedestrian experience at the street level. Maximize design budget toward the goal of creating an easily marketable speculative office building. Give the building 'soul' and design purpose, helping it through the challenge of Design Commission approval.
The design of 9North is heavily influenced by its unique triangular site at the gateway to Portland's River District, where the city grid converges with the diagonal of the river and railroad. Buffering the railroad on one side and actively engaging the street and pedestrian experience on the other side, the building bridges the divide between the neighorhood's industrial roots and its current urban conditions. The building is designed for maximum flexibility, to accommodate small tenants as well as multi-floor offices. Thoughtfully placed windows provide iconic views of neighboring bridges and Union Station.