23rd & Lovejoy Retail

Portland, Oregon

An abandoned gas station site was redeveloped into a 12,000 s.f. retail building. The design responds to the existing urban landscape by being placed tight to the sidewalk. A small public plaza provides a place for pause, reflecting similar building setbacks of former residences now used for retail shops.

Large expanses of painted wood storefronts reflect the scale and patterns of buildings along the vibrant retail street. Turn-of-the-century forms, wrought iron balconies, columned porches and Victorian color palettes are reinterpreted to create compatibility in building details, rhythms and proportions.

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