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Bodyvox Dance Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mesa Arts Center
Old Dominion University – GoodeTheatre
PICA 2004 Temporary Theater
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Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Scripps College – Music Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
University of Oregon – Music + Dance
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UTPB–Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
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Walton Arts Center
Community College of Denver
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Earlham College Fine Arts Complex
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Stanford--BioE-ChemE Building
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University of Oregon – Music + Dance
UT Austin – Bass Concert Hall
UTPB–Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech – Integrated Arts Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
McMinnville Courts/Council Building
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
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Crystal Springs Upland School
David Douglas Early Learning Center
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
Vernonia K-12 School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
HOYT Block 15 Condominiums
The Encore Condominiums
The Metropolitan Condominiums
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Collin County Center for the Arts
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Bodyvox Dance Center
Boora's Office Renovation
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
Scripps College – Music Building
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
UC Santa Cruz – McHenry Library
University of Oregon – Music + Dance
UT Austin – Bass Concert Hall
Baker Prairie Middle School
Boora's Office Renovation
Clackamas High School
North Pearl District Master Plan
One Waterfront Place Office Building
Portland State University – Lincoln Hall
Stanford – Knight Management Center
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Vernonia K-12 School
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Boora's Office Renovation
Corporate Dining - Japanese Cafe
Corporate Lobby Renovation & Sky Lounge
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
FINE Design Group
Flexible High Tech Office Design
LEED Platinum Office Improvement
Cloud Computing Offices & Amenities
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
High Tech Human Resources
High Tech Office Redesign
Literary Arts
One Waterfront Place Office Building
The Metropolitan Condominiums

At 225 feet tall, The Metropolitan is the tallest building in Portland’s Pearl District, offering sweeping views of the neighborhood, city, and region around it.  The 380,000-square-foot mixed-use building sets a new benchmark for modern luxury in Portland while also making a commitment to healthy living through sustainable design. The LEED Silver certified building features energy efficient high-performance mechanical and glazing systems; a storm water retention system for landscape irrigation; durable, low-maintenance materials; and abundant natural ventilation for high-quality air.

The vibrant, transit-oriented development is located at the intersection of NW 10th Avenue and Lovejoy, establishing a new gateway to the Pearl District where Portland’s Broadway Bridge delivers bike, pedestrian, and vehicular traffic to the neighborhood.  A Portland streetcar stop is located across the street.

The unique design limits building height to 100 feet on three of the site’s four quadrants, allowing the spaces located on the remaining quadrant to be organized into a slender tower.  These spaces include the main lobby on the ground level and the majority of the building’s units on the floors above.  The tower’s slender proportions allow each unit to be a corner unit, maximizing views and daylight.  Unit interiors include stone slab kitchens and bathrooms, high quality wood floors and casework, fixtures and fittings of the highest quality, and wool carpets.

The two uppermost floors of the 17-story tower feature two penthouses with expansive indoor and outdoor living space.

In the main lobby, lounge seating behind full-height glass window walls allows residents and their guests to gather in comfort while enjoying the vitality of the charming neighborhood street outside.  A concierge greets residents and visitors and coordinates building services.

A club level overlooking the lobby offers residents lounge space, fitness facilities, meeting space, climate-controlled wine storage, outdoor terraces, and a guesthouse for visitors.

Located across the street from Tanner Springs Park (designed by Greenworks of Portland with Atelier Dreiseitl of Berlin, Germany), the units in The Metropolitan’s tower and the club-level outdoor terrace enjoy open space, fresh air, and views.

The mixed-use building includes a live-work building overlooking the park.  Owners can outfit the units in this building as loft living spaces, live-work units, or office environments for small service-based enterprises.  Hoyt Street Properties, the building’s developer and the largest land-owners in the Pearl District, have their offices in The Metropolitan, their flagship development.

Boora developed a set of building visualizations to support decision-making during design.  These tools were then used during the sales process to familiarize prospective units owners with the design of the spaces within the building.

The Metropolitan is located in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, is one of America’s most recognized urban neighborhood redevelopments.  Hoyt Street Properties, the Pearl District’s largest landowner and developer, owns 34 acres in the neighborhood and has completed 13 developments to date, offering an eager market over 2,000 housing units. These have included condominium lofts, apartment units, and affordable housing units. Hoyt Street Properties’s developments also include over 100,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, primarily aimed at boutique retailers.

Selected publications

Business Journal of Portland
"Hoyt Street's Metropolitan to Dominate Pearl Skyline," October 14, 2005

Daily Journal of Commerce
"Projecting Art: Pearl District developers push the bar for art in private building projects,” January 24, 2007

The Oregonian
"Coralling a bully market,” November 5, 2005
"Easy Being Green," March 1, 2007
"Sleek new figure poised to turn heads toward the Pearl," November 09, 2005

Urban Land
"More Flexible Live/Work Lofts," February 2006