Many families can't afford to live in the city of Portland.
Together with our client, we took up the challenge to create affordable housing that blends with Portland’s upscale Pearl District neighborhood and reclaim space for families who have historically been priced out of the city.
In response, we designed the Ramona, a six-story building with 138 affordable rental units for families earning less than 60% of median family income.
An extremely tight wood-frame enclosure clad in patterned brick, with energy-efficient casement windows and low-flow water fixtures, reduces energy consumption, while solar PV panels and solar thermal water heating provides energy. Located within walking distance of the urban core’s employment opportunities, the entire building is geared towards families with children, with amenities that include a private, playground within a safe courtyard, laundry rooms, a fitness room, and a community room. In addition, the ground floor was originally leased out to Portland Public Schools for early child development program Head Start.
This Hammurabi Award of Merit winner also meets the AIA 2030 challenge and is certified LEED Gold.