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September 12, 2018

Portland's ‘dazzling' Yard wins national landscape award

Photo by Maria Lamb Photography [enlarge]
The terrace has a spa that is open to the public.

2.ink Studio won an 2018 honor award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for Yard, a 21-story mixed-use apartment project in Portland.

The Portland-based landscape architecture firm was recognized in the residential design category.

The project is on East Burnside Street between Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast Third Avenue, and was completed in 2016.

Skylab Architecture was the architect for Yard. It has 284 apartments, commercial space, and bicycle and vehicle parking.

All the winners are at https://www.asla.org/NewsReleaseDetails.aspx?id=54100 or can be seen in the September issue of ASLA's Landscape Architecture Magazine at https://tinyurl.com/y9wzqerd/.

The magazine notes that Yard stands out for its dramatic “folded landscape” in the Eastside Industrial District, but it says the landscape's connections to the public realm are “equally dazzling.”

The tower is across the Willamette River from downtown.

The design takes cues from the steep slope of the river by creating planes of public, private and planted space, the magazine notes.

The design team created a fifth-floor terrace where the building meets the busy Burnside Bridge. Despite such as challenging location, the team made the most of views of Mount Hood, the river and the city by creating a green visual and environmental buffer, according to the magazine.

The terrace has a commercial spa called Knot Springs, which is open to the public as well as residents and tenants in the building.

Jurors said the landscape integrates the tower with its industrial surroundings rather than closing up residents within.

Photo by Stephen Miller [enlarge]
2.ink Studio was the landscape architect for Yard, which is next to the busy Burnside Bridge.

“What struck me is that the roof garden was open to the public during business hours. To have these incredible views from what might otherwise be a private garden is truly impactful,” said one juror. ... “All the stuff they squeezed into this site is phenomenal.”

Key Development of Hood River sold the tower for $126.68 million to Land and Houses, an offshoot of the Bangkok-based investment firm Land and Houses Public Company Limited of Thailand. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported on that deal in 2016.

Snohetta of New York won an honor award for analysis and planning on Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City, Oregon. The project partners are Oregon Metro, Oregon City, Clackamas County, the state of Oregon and PGE Falls Legacy LLC.

The two projects are among 25 winners selected from 368 entries.

The program recognizes general design, analysis and planning, communications, research and residential design.

Winners will receive awards at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia on Oct. 22.