GBD Architects


Portland, Oregon

GBD formed a joint venture with Hacker Architects for the design of Cyan/PDX. Cyan is nestled in the Auditorium District of southwest Portland and achieves the best possible mix of affordability, livability and sustainability.

The 16-story building consists of 354 for-rent units, with 6,000 sq. feet of ground-level retail and five levels of below-grade parking. Located at the confluence of Portland Streetcar and MAX light rail, tenants have immediate access to public transportation.

A connecting plaza creates a variety of public and private spaces. Units range in size from 525 sq. foot lofts to 1,070 sq. foot townhomes. Interior features include: bamboo veneer cabinets with non-urea formaldehyde core; Corian countertops (durable and non-off gassing); recyclable carpet tiles; concrete ceilings; and large operable windows. Public spaces include a fitness room, community room and outdoor garden plaza.

Sustainable design elements include onsite rainwater storage for landscape irrigation and toilet flushing; accessible, vegetated ecoroof; low-emitting materials; no CFC or HCFC refrigerants; high-performance envelope; and recycled materials. Cyan was completed in July 2009 and received LEED Gold certification.


Hacker Architects




AIA, Northwest and Pacific Region, Honor Award, 2011

American Society of Landscape Architects Awards, Merit Award, 2010

AIA/Portland Design Awards, Built Merit Award, 2009

© GBD Architects Incorporated 1120 NW Couch St., Suite 300 Portland, OR 97209 Tel. (503) 224-9656

©GBD Architects Incorporated

  • 1120 NW Couch St., Suite 300 Portland, OR 97209
  • (503) 224-9656