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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Half Dose #25: Belmont/Thurman Lofts

These two projects by Portland, Oregon-based Holst Architecture are mixed-use, urban developments of roughly the same size in the firm's hometown.

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Belmont Street Lofts

Each treats the exterior wall as a porous, screen-like zone that gives each a strong presence in its context while also giving the occupants a reasonable amount of shade and privacy.

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Belmont Street Lofts

The Belmont Street Lofts offer 27 loft/condo apartments ranging from 850-1,000 s.f., located over 4,000 s.f. of retail and some parking. In addition to its exterior rainscreen/sunshade, the building also features radiant floor heating aimed towards increased energy efficiency.

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Thurman Street Lofts

The Thurman Street Lofts -- the more recent of the two projects -- extend the articulated, wood exterior towards a more sculptural end, with windows almost carved from the dark wood facades.

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Thurman Street Lofts

(Thanks to Jeremy G. for the head's up!)

4 comments:

  1. Holst is doing some nice things and the quality of design in Portland is shifting rapidly. Portland is a graphic design hotbed of activity so it makes sense.

    Also, these buildings are in nice, interesting and rather non corporate environs.

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  2. The porousness nicely minimizes the smotehring dullness that flat curtain walls can bring to a building. Evern very cool curtain-wall modern buildings can look flat. Here, the wall plane has both texture and lightness. This is good design.

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  3. Really reminds me of Gigon & Guyer projects, specifically their sports center in Davos that uses multiple layers of screening to achieve a similar effect

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  4. we did it before ;-)
    http://hv-a.com/hv_it/comete.html

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