Portland condominiums going for gold
With amenities like an eco garden, externally vented kitchens, highly efficient floor plans, and a 4,000-sf vegetated roof, the 937 Condominiums development in Portland, Ore.'s Pearl District is on pace to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Local architect Holst Architecture drew upon the natural web-like fractal patterns found in rock formations when designing the slender exterior of the 16-story complex. Vertically stacked custom wheat-colored bricks, random window openings, and a playful balcony pattern are used to create an abstract expression of art symbolic of the creative history of the Pearl District. Completion: late 2008.