Moxy Portland539 SW 10th Avenue
Design Achievement – Design Achievement - An authentic local experience is at the forefront of what contemporary travelers desire. DLR Group’s design for this modern hotel achieves this goal in unique and progressive ways. First, the building meets the ground in a way that engages the public and enlivens the site with huge, operable glass walls that connect the interior activity to the urban streetscape. Sitting within a neighborhood cherished for its food carts, the hotel lobby is designed to bring several of these carts, along with the local purveyors, into the building. A continuous canopy at street level protects pedestrians from Portland’s frequent rain. The guestroom plans incorporate a floor-to-ceiling glass wall at the end of the corridor that frames the long view to Mount Hood, and down to the immediate context, with the intention of drawing the visitor out onto the pedestrian-friendly blocks of downtown Portland. This reinforces the locality and its distinguishing characteristics. The façade design relates to the elegant, early 20th-century masonry context, and evokes quality and richness through shifting textures and tones. The geometry is inspired by the irregular pattern of rainfall, and the dark color was chosen to relate to the local Columbia River Basin basalt stone and serve as an artistic foil to the blond masonry and white terra cotta buildings that surround it.
Scope Summary – The project is a 71,232 SF ground up Marriott Moxy Hotel. The site is a very tight 7,500 SF in the Central City - West End of Portland Oregon. The program includes 179 guestrooms with a ground floor that incorporates food stalls and an active bar scene per Marriott Moxy’s design objectives. The significant topography on the site, 4’-0” of grade change, made the planning of the first floor challenging to keep engagement with the street on both main facades of the building. The 11-story building is primarily brick utilizing different textures and planes of brick as a design element. Design choices uphold the design criteria set forth by the City of Portland’s Design Review Commission. DLR Group is providing interior design services for the guestrooms and back of house spaces. DLR Group is providing architecture and interior design services.