Placemaking in Portland
Partners in Development
Mithun is designing the full block of a one-and-a-half block joint development known as Press Blocks. The full block includes a highrise apartment building, a plaza building with creative office and retail, and a new public plaza with a landscaped mid-block connector. This collaborative effort continues the architectural diversity of the Goose Hollow neighborhood.
Each building design is inspired by the site’s newspaper publishing history. A “press and paper” metaphor drives the expression of the buildings and open spaces. Building materials—brick, stucco, cement and steel—and punched window openings recall those used throughout Goose Hollow.
Located at a light rail stop, Press Blocks conveniently connects residents and workers to downtown Portland and the region. Retail spaces foster an active culture along adjacent streets, and the new mid-block connector offers pedestrian entry to live/work spaces. A south-facing plaza provides an inviting neighborhood gathering place, while rooftop amenity spaces take advantage of skyline views.