Photo of The Rise Central

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Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Red Studio Photography

Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Cheryl McIntosh

Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Red Studio Photography

Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Red Studio Photography

The Rise Central

Urban Living in Central Beaverton

Part of what draws people to cities, what makes city life so vibrant, are the many ways private and public life overlap. Sidewalk life, running into friends, hanging out on the stoop, seeing and being seen—all social activities enabled by the built environment. Can we translate these experiences to less dense suburban areas? Why should cities have all the fun? The Rise Central is our answer to this question. Transit-oriented, walkable, and designed as placemaking, our comprehensive plan for The Rise Central sows the seeds of thriving community life in a formerly underused suburban site in Beaverton. Where an empty parking lot and an old theater once stood vacant, two bustling, residential mid-rise apartment buildings now hum with activity. From their stoops, residents greet neighbors walking and biking along well-connected streets. Inside, shared communal spaces are complemented by quiet, peaceful, and generously appointed units. The Rise Central is an ongoing lesson in how careful design can grow community.

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Beaverton, Oregon
COMPLETED IN 2019
  • 230 units
  • 6 stories
  • 288,000 sq. ft.
MARKET

Housing

DISCIPLINES

Architecture , Interiors

PROJECT TYPE

Mid-Rise

PROJECT CONTACT

Architecture: Isaac Johnson

Interiors: Alissa Brandt

housing@ankrommoisan.com


Architecture Story

City-Making Across Scales

Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

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Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Red Studio Photography

Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Red Studio Photography

Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Red Studio Photography

Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Red Studio Photography

Our client, Rembold, came to us with a vision for compact, urban experiences in the suburban setting of Beaverton: Connected residential living within easy walking distance of light rail, greenspace, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, but with onsite parking and larger residential units than most urban apartments. Partially funded from a Metro transit-oriented development grant and located next to the Round, Beaverton’s civic center, the site was the focus of significant public investment for future city hall, plaza, restaurants, and apartments along a light-rail line. At its heart, this public-private project is intentional city-making. Anchoring the first phase of our comprehensive plan, the Rise Central is also a model for urban planning, architecture, and interior design working in harmony. Comprising two buildings—the quieter, gardenlike, five-story Rise West and the more energetic, six-story Rise East—the Rise Central responds to its surrounding context and helps reinforce the Round as an urban center. Three interrelated architectural approaches, differentiated by color and material, define The Rise Central’s pedestrian life and stoop culture: Retail commercial activity, semi-visible urban housing, and more private internal experiences. The Rise Central’s quieter expressions are contained by Crescent Street, a newly created, pedestrian-focused urban residential street bookended by both buildings and supported by a townhouse experience, with stoops, balconies, and thoughtful landscape design. On their busier commercial sides, the buildings’ larger volume and contemporary brick facades respond to the architectural scales along the adjacent frontage streets. And yet more than just responding to the present, The Rise Central looks ahead, setting the stage for Beaverton’s future downtown. To encourage an active street life, the elevated ground-floor units and their stoops support both privacy and socializing. The latter is proving hugely successful; when a former New Yorker said that The Rise Central reminds them of home, we knew we’d done it right. The apartments range from studio to townhomes, with 15 of the 230 residents reserved for affordable units, and shared amenities including a penthouse lounge, large fitness center, and roof terrace. Of particular note: Atop The Rise East, an open circle above the sixth-floor deck casts ever-changing shadows as the sun moves across the sky, creating a beautiful indoor/outdoor space. With Rembold, our project is developing what will become an energetic, human-scaled district. By balancing the best of suburban and city life, and by paying attention to how our designs affect future lives, we can build not only better buildings, but flourishing neighborhoods.

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Interior Story

Visionary Community

Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Cheryl McIntosh

Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Red Studio Photography

Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Cheryl McIntosh

Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Cheryl McIntosh

Architecture Photo of The Rise Central

Ⓒ Cheryl McIntosh

The story of The Rise Central is about connecting residents to each other and to their environment by expressing the best parts of urban and suburban life. Rembold, our Beaverton-based client, had a vision for an urban community at the Round, the suburban civic center of Beaverton—townhouse-inspired residences within walking distance of public transit, parks, restaurants, retail, and entertainment, but with onsite parking and more spacious units than you’d expect in most city apartments—that pushes the boundaries of typical suburban apartment programming with design principles adapted from dense cities like New York. Our comprehensive plan, which balances interior design with architecture and urban planning, defines what future development will look like here. And the twin buildings of The Rise Central are the first manifestation of Rembold’s vision. The five-story Rise West represents a suburban, garden-like design approach: quiet and peaceful, insulated from outside noise. The six-story Rise East, with its more extraverted approach, highlights the visibility of its amenity spaces like the roof deck. Both buildings comprise residences from studio to townhomes, 15 out of the 230 units set aside for affordable housing, with contemporary aesthetics and generous shared amenities including a penthouse lounge, a large fitness center, lots of bike parking, and roof terrace facing east toward the Round. Inside, fresh, energetic finishes complement clean lines, bright color accents and neutral backbone tones, and earthy, natural materials, all choices that express our comprehensive plan for The Rise Central as a whole. Natural lighting is an important element—on the sixth floor of The Rise East, daylight spills through a transparent circular opening and creates an ever-shifting indoor/outdoor space—as is artwork, ethnically inclusive and locally produced, that resonates with the diverse residents. Following an idea from Rembold’s team, we even worked with Portland jewelers Betsy & Iya to produce mixed-metal artwork and frames—brass template cutouts created from leftover brass, bronze, copper, brushed aluminum and blackened finishing pieces—that express a warm, eclectic, neighborhood vibe throughout the buildings. Communities are the sum of people’s homes. With our intentional, holistic design approach expressed across planning to architecture to interior design and across public, shared, and private experiences, The Rise Central feels special. Rembold’s vision is in service of Beaverton, their home. Like them, we hold this vision close to our hearts, and it shows.

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