Great Glazing: Slate
Photos by Joshua Jay Elliott, courtesy of Works Progress Architecture and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.
Project partners: Architect, Works Progress Architecture; general contractor, Yorke & Curtis Inc.; contract glazier, Dallas Glass; glass manufacturer, Vitro Architectural Glass; metal systems supplier, Wausau Window and Wall Systems (curtainwall), Firestone Building Products Co. (metal panel inserts), Linetec (aluminum framing and panels finishing)
The new 10-story, mixed-use, transit-oriented development, known as Slate, in Portland, Oregon, is a cornerstone in the city's efforts to revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area. Opened in September 2016, the project spans 147,000 square feet and offers 75 market-rate apartment units on the upper six floors, 35,000 square feet of creative co-working office workspace and 7,800 square feet of retail space at street level. Slate's design features floor-to-ceiling curtain wall that maximizes views of the downtown, the Willamette River and Mount Hood. The glass, metal and concrete façade consists of articulated, modulated, rectangular shapes, including some that are set back and some that project over the sidewalks below, creating the illusion of a shifting stack. The curtain wall, which modulates from flat on two sides of the building, to textural on its other sides, is crucial to the building’s design.