The Powell Family in partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is set to build ArtHouse, a new student community on the North Park Blocks in Portland, Oregon. The location of ArtHouse, the former Powell’s Technical Bookstore, has been dormant for the last two years. The new 7-story, 55,000 square feet building will operate as art on different scales: from building as art, designed by Thomas Robinson, to spaces that showcase art, to places to make art. ‘Light’ is the material and medium used to shape the form of the building, starting with a plan suffused with daylight at every level- including the internal circulation, the articulation of the facade, and an open and transparent experience along the streetscape. The building will target LEED Gold certification and will look for innovative ways to convey sustainability to its resident population.
Thomas Robinson’s interview with Portland Architecture
Article in The Oregonian
Article in The Daily Journal of Commerce