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Looking at the arch entrance, its scale is quite small compared to the ground floor windows to the left. It reads like two styles of buildings squeezed into one, no? A grand gesture is absent, methinks.

And it sure seems like the brick going up six stories, was an arbitrary height that had no relevance to context (current or past). In fact, looking a lot like homes in Richmond, BC, where the stone front wraps around for about 10 feet and then you get the cheaper materials the rest of the way, don't you think?

But what is somewhat disturbing, is this design language that is being repeated throughout NW Portland, as if it's *the* Portland vernacular for the apartment building archetype. See The Ramona, Park19, and others.


I'm not so offended by the brick wrap if I am reading the drawing correctly. It looks like it turns back to the side up to a point at which the building steps back off of the interior property line. This step back in the building is presumably done to allow for the windows to be off the property line; the wouldn't be allowed if on the line. If true, at least this change in material happens in a way that responds in some real way to the form of the building.

One thing that I would like to see is a better effort to relate this building with its adjacent neighbors in the upper floors. Currently, they are completely in the scale of openings and any datum lines followed.

Finally, what about the preservation of this building? It seems that this building, while not in a historic district, is exactly what others on this blog deem as the type of thing that ought to be preserved, if not for preservation sake then for the sake of sustainability. I'm not so sure myself but thought I would bring it up. Hell, I think Satyricon should be saved as a cultural centerpoint of the city first and foremost. Certainly, this place has been important to the City of Portland, right?


I am seriously getting sick and tired of these kinds of projects. The architectural language is dead and it is as if there was no attempt to look at anything other than the bland "base-middle-top" b.s. that so many Portland buildings are using.
This says nothing about the alternative culture that existed on the site and nothing about modern culture, just a dumbed down regurgitation of the past.
With that said, I understand the complexities of working for developers and public agencies, but we have got to do better.
LRS, you can do better.

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