The Parker

Portland, Oregon

How do we take stylistic cues from 1930s industrial warehouse buildings for a high-end residential project in Portland's Pearl District?

This image shows an outdoor courtyard surrounded by a six-story, U-shaped apartment building clad in white brick with black metal and green ceramic tyle accents. Large, concrete planter boxes filled with trees and shrubs surround the courtyard, and to the left is a wooden trellis with tables and chairs as well as a grill underneath. A man sits on the half-wall beneath the trellis, watching two people play ping pong at a built-in-concreete table with a stainless steel net. In the background, a woman can be seen sitting next to a large, glowing fireplace.

FFA provided complete design services for The Parker, a new 177-unit apartment development on a full city block in Portland’s Pearl District. The design concept is for a traditional “U-shaped” double-loaded corridor scheme for the residential floors, with the building organized around a generous courtyard space that is accessible to all residents.  The complex consist of six stories above-grade, with one level of below-grade parking and storage.  Common areas include public lobby spaces, a community room, fitness center, and leasing offices.

The courtyard space is the central amenity for the residents, providing spaces for multiple activities to occur, and adds a major new civic space that can be accessed by the public.  The courtyard is built on a post-tensioned concrete slab that includes planters that function as storm water treatment areas.  A water-resistant barrier is applied over the entire structural deck, separating the courtyard space from the parking level below.

Year Completed:
205,000 sf
177 Units
Project Contact:
Richard Grace, AIA, NOMA
Partner, Market Lead

LEED NC for Homes - Platinum

Courtyard Hearth
Shared Amenities
Lobby Seating
Industrial-Inspired Facade

Courtyard Gathering Space
Lobby Entry