Block 294Portland, Oregon
Block 294E and 295E are the latest additions to Northwest Portland’s newest neighborhood. The Conway Blocks were once a large corporate headquarters surrounded by an ocean of surface parking. Gradually, this area is transforming into a walkable neighborhood with vibrant local retail, urban living, open space, and hidden parking. Following the opening of the New Seasons Market and the LL Hawkins Apartments in 2015, the construction of Block 294E and Block 295E promises two new mixed-use residential buildings with curated ground floor retail and two levels of underground parking.
The 14-story Block 294E will house 224 apartments over ground floor retail. The building is appropriately scaled to the neighborhood with well-articulated facades that offer diversity in volume and form along the street edge. Exterior building materials are primarily brick, natural wood, with accents of concrete, glass, and metal. A continuous underground parking structure that flows beneath both blocks will provide parking for approximately 600 cars and 500+ bikes.
The development features substantial public space. Together, these two blocks provide 44,750 square feet of accessible open space (37% of the overall site area) to create a distinctive identity for the neighborhood and areas for accessible community gathering.
GBD is the lead designer and Architect of Record on Block 294E. The two-block development will be complete in September 2018.