NW 16th & Overton
NW 16th & Overton is an adaptive re-use/seismic upgrade of a 25,000 s.f. concrete block warehouse located in Portland's Slabtown neighborhood. The building is comprised of five equal 50' x 100' buildings that extend to three out of four corners of a 200' square city block. The project is located at a pedestrian and streetcar connector between two burgeoning neighborhoods that flank the I-405 elevated freeway.
The design inserts three new types of space: 1) glassy cubes that protrude or cantilever from the existing facade to bring in daylight and mark the corners; 2) a central circulation spine with skylights that connects from the sidewalk through to the center of the block; and 3) new sawtooth extensions that define the profile of the building and add an addition 5,000 s.f. of usable area. The exterior detailing combines painted plate steel, aluminum storefront system, and recessed areas of infill concrete block.
Photography: Jeremy Bitterman & Swift Collective