Luxe previews three new developments poised to alter the Pacific Northwest skyline.
RENDERING, COURTESY LEVER ARCHITECTURE
The nation’s first wood high-rise building, Framework, is set to make waves when it breaks ground in Portland’s Pearl District this year. Under the direction of Lever Architecture, the design for the 12-story structure won the national U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize and aims to pave the way for future sustainable urban ecology: More than 50 percent of the wood materials used for the building will come from regionally harvested timber or local manufacturing sources in rural Oregon communities. Inside, retail and office spaces on the ground floor will transition into 60 residences on the upper levels, all capped with a roof deck and garden. Construction is expected to finish by mid-2019.
RENDERING, COURTESY GBD ARCHITECTS
Gleaming at 19-stories high, Broadway Tower by GBD Architects is taking shape in the form of a mixed-use property, featuring a 180-room Radisson Red hotel, as well as retail and office space. Located in downtown, just along the South Park Blocks, the structure makes a statement with a curtain wall of glass with a vibrant glazing pattern, along with a terra-cotta rain screen. The hotel will focus predominately on technology-enhanced guest experiences including end-to-end app support for check-in, room service and a keyless entry system. Construction is slated to complete in time for a late-summer opening.
RENDERING, COURTESY WEBER THOMPSON
In the burgeoning Denny Triangle neighborhood, Weber Thompson is launching its second tower–a counterpoint to the nearby Cirrus tower, completed in 2015–within walking distance to Amazon’s new spheres. Stratus, named as an ode to the technological cloud, is light and transparent in design–a purposeful departure from Cirrus’ darker, monolithic look. The sleek modern structure will house 396 residential units with one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts in five distinct color palettes.