Ive been waiting for a slow week to discuss these two new condos in the Pearl District.
Neither is a product of of the design deficient, "let's put brick on a
10+ story building to warm it up," school of thought.
The Casey shows off its unique cladding
First is The Casey
which is the first residential condo to sport a LEED
rating so it's very green conscious. The design
though has made some
but I wanted to wait until it was more complete before weighing
Verdict it's a C+ in my book, basically it's a box with a novel form of cladding.
Ive grown accustomed to its unique look and those that dont like it are missing
its best asset. The cladding does does make it look very Swiss but the proportions
are clunky. Still I have to give it points for taking some chances by not using
brick. It sticks out. A C+ isn't bad coming from me, I'm not certain any very
recent large building project in Portland would qualify above a B+ except the
and people don't live in that. For scale I'd give The
a B- and the totally unimaginative Elizabeth a C- (which is nowhere
near as low as I go). Let's hope The Casey's penchant for sticking out will
lead to more of that kind of thinking. It's a step in the right direction and
the platinum rating doesn't hurt either. What do you think?
stand out in Miami but it does in Portland's brick clad Pearl District. It has
a a LEED silver rating so it isn't amazingly green like The Casey, but it is
a solid looking effort, next to an urban wetland park.
The Metropolitan and its neighbors
Comprised of blue and white rectangles with lots of glass it's a solid choice
and get's a B-. For comparison the nearby Pinnacle just gets a C in my book
is a D+.
Let us know what you think? In my mind high-rise condos by virtue of their
increased visibility must be held to higher standards and no design below a
C- should be given a pass by the design commission... then again the landmarks commision
are the people who blocked an Apple store, preferring the type of design a Potterybarn
so I ain't holding my breath. Designs to look forward to are Park
. Yes, change can be scary but if the design is up to snuff like on
the tram it will be worth it. The artists in Portland have reinvigorated the
idea of what Portland can be but to a certain degree its the developers and
architects who must run with that momentum. Only then will the donor and collector
bases in Portland grow enough to do the visual arts activity here the justice
I am very interested in the older buildings of portland. It is amazing to me the texture, window patterns and molding architects but into older warehouses left on the east side industrial area. I have been drawn to paint them over the last few years and I think the details are prized by other people. It is idealistic that architectures would that now. It is too expensive...
but the bridgport brewing is painstackingly maintained. These buildings are going to be there for a long time why not make them add texture and beauty to the city. I think it would but people at a higher priority to fast building and profits.
It's almost sad that these buildings are even worth writing about, but in an architecturally deprived city like Portland, I suppose it is news-worthy when a building consists of a material besides bricks or steels.
Everyone knows Portland is progressive, unique, blah blah blah, but I'll be damned if we aren't missing that progressive and unique architecture.
End cynicism here. I do really enjoy The Casey building. It looks beautiful in the Pearl skyline, and really separates itself from all the drab grey and brick red. The Metropolitan is also interesting, despite the Eddie Bauer that is ruining the front of the building. :)
Before reading your comments I said to myself - "Ugly building except for the brick". I don't totally disagree with your C+ grade here. I would give the building a grade of C because millions of dollars, degrees, computers, years of study and time for architects to drive their Crossfires and Boxsters along the water should have generated more than this. Still, the shade of the stonework is critical to the building's salvation, and they did get that right.
Let's remember that this will probably be gracing this portion of town for well into the 2100's. Quality matters.
I consider the LEED platinum certification in my grading... that's why it gets a C+
The fact that the first Platinum rated residential condo in the USA only manages a C+ is kinda dissapointing, so I'm with you on that.