BRINGING RESIDENTS TO GRESHAM’S COMMERCIAL CORE
Situated along a major thoroughfare in downtown Gresham, West Powell Apartments supports the city’s efforts to infuse the commercial district with more multi-family housing. Gresham’s primary commercial street lies two blocks to the east of the lot and the surrounding neighborhood consists of low-scale commercial and institutional buildings. With a mixture of live-work units, flats, and townhomes, the 48-unit development accommodates a wide range of individuals and families moving into Gresham’s vibrant downtown.
Inspired by courtyard housing in Mexico City and New Orleans, West Powell Apartments will bring this typology to the Pacific Northwest. The buildings center around a 5,000 SF courtyard that connects residents as they circulate along open walkways to their apartments. Angled skybridges are introduced at the third level, animating the space, and creating playful volumes. Within the courtyard, residents have access to community barbeque areas, terraced bench seating, sculptural children’s play areas, and a variety of seating areas.