Portals

RiverEast Building, Portland, Oregon May 2007, collaboration with Mike Faha, Greenworks, Landscape Architecture

Portals, using slabs of concrete cut from the original Holman Transfer Building, Portals acknowledges the industrial history of the Eastbank and creates continually changing views of the city and the Willamette River. Concrete is made from the earth…gravel, sand and rock from the river. The materials embody geology and time while the swale looks to the future

Portals is human scale and placed to create a rhythm with the horizontal remnant walls and the pedestrian movement along the plaza. Each element allows for a variety of views during the day and contrasting shadows at night.

The sustainable LEED Gold building, designed by Group Mackenzie, includes an interactive solar wall and storm water swales. The native vegetation softens the industrial hardscape and provides a green connection to the Willamette River Esplanade.