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The Louisa Flowers Affordable Housing

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Location

Portland, OR

Scale

180,000 sf

Program

Affordable Housing, Retail

Completion

2019

The Louisa Flowers is the largest affordable housing development built in Portland in the last five decades. The 12-story, 240-unit affordable housing development is located in the Lloyd District, a commercially vibrant neighborhood in Northeast Portland with access to the city’s public streetcar and bus systems. Developed by Home Forward, the project will provide housing for residents, most earning at or below 60 percent of the median family income. The project is being realized with LRS Architects, Architect of Record.

The residential program includes studio, one- and two-bedroom units, many with views of the Portland skyline. Each unit has an open plan layout, contemporary finishes, electric heating and cooling, and large operable windows.

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On the ground level, 6,500 sf of retail space integrates the building into the busy commercial district, and generous set-backs enhance the pedestrian experience along Grand Avenue. An internal passageway lined with glazed blue brick and an artist’s mural organizes circulation on the ground floor and leads residents to the Jim Smith Garden, an outdoor courtyard planted with Japanese Maples and a green wall. The courtyard provides a space for residents to gather and connect with the landscape—a unique amenity for a tight urban site. On the building’s top level, a community lounge and kitchen offer views of nearby natural landmarks: Mt. Hood and the Willamette River.

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Site Plan

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Jim Smith Garden 

The courtyard features Japanese Maple trees, a green wall, an artist’s mural, and café-style seating.

The 180,000 sf building makes an architectural contribution to the city through a design that draws on the district’s character and exhibits a high level of material craft. Surrounded by modern high- and mid-rise masonry structures, the façade’s woven pattern resonates with the gridded designs of the neighboring buildings. Two thicknesses of matte and glazed brick alternate to create a distinctive pattern on the exterior. The building’s undulating massing, together with the reflectivity of the brick, create a dynamic woven play of light and shadow, giving the building a meaningful civic presence.

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Preparing for the next post-tension concrete pour.

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Construction progress.

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Mockup of brick exterior.

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Lagging and excavation of basement.

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Preparing for the next post-tension concrete pour.

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Construction progress.

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Mockup of brick exterior.

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Lagging and excavation of basement.

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Site Plan

Jim Smith Garden 

The courtyard features Japanese Maple trees, a green wall, an artist’s mural, and café-style seating.