Named after Portland developer and philanthropist John Gray, Gray’s Landing reflects the community-wide mission to providing affordable, safe, dignified homes for all people in Portland. We used highly efficient, locally sourced materials and daylighting strategies to create an inspiring home that’s healthy for people and the planet.
At Gray’s Landing, we drew from our experience in market-rate urban living to select materials that are inspiringly modern, healthy, and durable—yet affordable. Exposed concrete, locally-sourced tile, and natural woods throughout the mixed-use development create an interior finish to rival market rate design.
The administrative offices of REACH Community Development are light-filled workspaces accented with bright colors and warm, natural materials. It's a community-focused layout. A long hallway serves as a gallery and mural wall that displays the history and stories of Portland, REACH, and the people they’ve helped. Exposed mechanical plumbing and electrical, concrete floors, and large windows give the space a contemporary look and feel.
Community space on the ground floor is where REACH teaches cooking classes, budgeting lessons, and other life-skills training. Residents also learn energy conservation techniques—their daily habits are a key element of efficient building performance, ensuring that building is as energy efficient as possible over time. EnergyStar appliances in all the units and throughout the building also help reduce energy use.
The main design strategy for light and air in the apartments is simple yet effective: each unit has large, operable, energy-efficient windows in the living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens. Framed by warm natural woods, windows and doors use a multi-point locking system for the best sound and air infiltration control possible. On sunny days, residents can stand in the sun and breathe in fresh air from their personal balconies. And when it rains, they’ll still be breathing 100% fresh air, thanks to a direct-duct air system.
A landscaped second floor courtyard provides private green space for tenants and their guests to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding neighborhood, river, and hills.