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affordable? Not even "in this economy". $1,000 for a studio? Go back to the drawing board.


Pettygrove Park is now in a darkened box, surrounded on all four sides by large buildings. Just like poor Lovejoy Fountain.

As sad as that is I hope having people living in Cyan will help spruce up the park. Hopefully the residents will consider it their yard and not a bumpy dog toilet.

Also, maybe having all the new people around will help fill-in all the fallow retail around the old Portland Towers/Harrison condos. As dead as that area seems, it could totally be activated into something retro cool with a bunch of people putting the spaces to use.


I think the wave pattern on the 4th Ave side of the building would of been much more visually appealing if it actually continued to the ends of the building, rather than stopping at the two bookends. Currently the building looks like a traditional slab tower with this back and forth pattern trapped within it.

I am very disappointed in THA with this one, they did not put their best foot forward here. Also interior design to this one disappointed me as much as the Clinton St Condos did...why are some of our local firms not paying attention to the details to living comfortable?

Also I would question calling it "affordable," but I do understand that new construction is costly and this building will be coming online at a very bad time.

tim s.

The problem with the weave as illustrated in the above photo is there is too much going on with the window patterning and it lessens the impact of the weave itself


This building also does not meet the park in an elegant way. The park gets a one story concrete wall. It looks like htere will be plantings and a fountain(at least an overflow drain?) to try to hide it, but no openings, no meaningful connection.

Kevin Buchanan

Interesting development. We (all two of us who run our humble Fort Worth, Texas-based urbanism blog) are coming to Portland next week for half-vacation/half-urbanism & transit research. I'll have to mark this down as a building to look at.

Been lurking on some of the Portland blogs for a while doing research - you folks have been a big help. Thanks for the coverage of your city.


I wish that they had incorporated some of the look and cyan color from the sales office into the building. The building is really close to being inspired, but the grey cladding brings the whole look and feeling down.

The Facts

Brian- you should do your homework on what a similar apt costs to rent in the Pearl and elswhere in Portland before buying into the marketing pitch of Cyan. Its not more affordable than any other high rise building in town. In fact, at $1300 for a tiny 1BR, its very much on the highest end. The rental market downtown is in the toilet and rents have fallen appreciably in the last 6 months. The Cyan is small, that's all that makes it different. Not cheaper, just smaller.

Brian Libby

Hi there, "The Facts"--

You make a very valid point about Cyan being higher-end than any definition of affordable or market-rate apartment might be.

At the same time, your attitude is distasteful. Saying things like "you should do your homework", accusing me of writing marketing copy, and even calling yourself "The Facts" (what are you, Mrs. Garrett?) don't do much to endear yourself and the case you are trying to make.

I wrote about the Cyan because I'm interested in the architecture. It's designed by one of the most acclaimed and historically significant Portland architects of this generation, Thomas Hacker and his firm THA Architecture. It's got a striking facade with a weave-esque look that's indicative of a larger design trend, as seen in upcoming projects like Skylab's Weave building. There's plenty of relevance in writing about Cyan.

If I was less rigorous in analyzing the market rate for this kind of real estate and square footage, I apologize for any mischaracterization. You might also note, however, that this blog is called Portland Architecture, not Portland Real Estate.

In the future, your ideas and opinions are very much welcome. I'm sure they're a nice addition to the conversation. But be more civil and don't be flippant with insults.


Bravo, Brian.

Jeff Joslin

It's correct that the space is not cheap per square foot. Originally conceived as for-sale, market rate. Its intended market niche - "workforce housing" - was to be hit by virtue of the compact units, efficient floor plates, and shared amenities to offset the modest living spaces.

As a footnote, at the Salishan conference last year, a GED representative divulged in his presentation that the weave was in value-engineering jeopardy. It was the onus of having to come back through design review and successfully rationalize a more minimalist approach that resulted in its retention. While I suspect many will have different thoughts about aspects of its compositional resolution, I think the project, the area, and the city ensemble are better for it's sculptural departure and reflective dynamism.


I have to agree with denis on this one. From the first time I saw this design I was disappointed in the treatment of the facade. THA is not fooling anyone. Its still a bulky large box filled out to the property lines, with some half thought out "weave" idea. Looking at the plans of the units, they seem to create some awkward spaces with the long units. From one other the top architects in town I was really hoping for much more.

And I don't know how $1,300 a month for a one bedroom is affordable. Not on my salary.

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WOW The photos was so beautiful specially the first one. This is an amazing propriety, very very good designed,I really liked this post a lot.

Deirdre Gonzales

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