Inspired by the activity of the neighboring theatre, ART Tower’s design aims to create a highly interactive ground-level street experience and an equally active top floor. The extensively glazed base is recessed and articulated, reminiscent of a theatre curtain. Mirrored, sloped soffits at the base and top reflect and amplify the activity and movement, creating an exciting visual energy. Spaces for restaurants and retail will further activate the ground-floor experience. Visitors, residents, and theatre guests can park off the street with two levels of underground parking.
Walking inside, visitors are greeted by a dramatic lobby with double-height ceilings and a stage-like design—the energy will be palpable. This extra-large space will accommodate live performances and art installations in support of the budding relationship with the Artist Repertory Theatre.
Continuing through this space to the outside, a shared courtyard area serves as a sort of back yard, both for residents and theatregoers. Local Portland artist Ivan Mclean has been commissioned to design a gate inspired by a Venn diagram that references the intertwined relationship of ART Tower and the Artist Repertory Theater.
ART Tower is Portland’s first high-rise project to adopt Inclusionary Zoning (IZ), a code passed by the city to address the need for affordable housing by requiring affordable units in new multifamily developments.