Luuwit Park Pavilion Project in Portland, Oregon Landscape Design Project, USA Architecture Photos

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project in Portland

Jan 30, 2020

Design: Skylab Architecture

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project Portland
photo © Stephen Miller

Luuwit Park in Portland

Skylab Architecture worked alongside Studio and in close collaboration with Portland Parks and Recreation to create this 16-acre, hourglass-shaped park in a northeast Portland neighborhood. The design team developed the Luuwit Park, formerly Beech Park, around an integrated strategy that creates both pas-sive native meadow areas that require limited maintenance as well as areas for intensively active pro-gram elements. The neighborhood is a mix of longterm residents and an increasingly diverse population of new residents. The park’s program elements were developed in coordination with area residents through a series of public open houses and meetings with the project’s Design Advisory Group.

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project Portland Oregon
photo © Stephen Miller

The park’s development introduces a mix of new activities onto the site including a community amphi-theater, picnic shelter and restroom, off-leash dog area, a large community playground, interactive wa-ter feature, parking areas, walking paths, and community garden. Active uses include a skate spot, climbing wall, basketball, ping pong and soccer. The park’s design takes advantage of views to the Co-lumbia River and distant Mount St. Helens while introducing a strong sense of the area’s native habitat to tie all of the elements of the park together.

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project Portland Oregon by Skylab Architecture
photos © Brian Dalrymple

The signature element, a 1,760-square-foot multipurpose shelter, is made from a series of interconnect-ed equilateral triangles of perforated and galvanized steel plate. The folded angular form takes its inspi-ration from the triangulated peaks of the surrounding mountains, Native American plank houses and river fishing platforms.

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project Portland by Skylab Architecture
photos © Stephen Miller

A simple steel pipe frame supports the shelter to create a flexible space for pic-nic gatherings or summer concerts. By celebrating the structure’s tectonics and revealing the means of construction, the structure serves to honor the economy and beauty of native structures built by the original inhabitants of the area. Axial connections through the park enhance user awareness of the world beyond the park.

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project Portland Oregon

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project Portland Oregon
photos © Stephen Miller

Park program elements and trees are arranged to manipulate view corridors to Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens and help to organize other site elements including a small steel-clad restroom building. At the highest point on the site a conical mound recalls the volcanic cinder cones on the horizon. Visual connections between key park elements articulate the experience along and across the axis.

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project Portland Oregon
photos © Stephen Miller

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project, Portland – Building Information

Architecture: Skylab Architecture

Skylab Architecture team
Jeff Kovel, Principal, Design Architect
Brent Grubb, Principal-in-charge
Jamin AAsum, Project Director
Eddie Peraza Garzon, Project Designer

Consultant team
Skylab Architecture (architecture) Studio (landscape architecture)
3J Consulting (civil engineering)
Peterson Structural (structural engineering)
R&W Engineering, Inc. (mechanical engineering)
Northwest Geotech, Inc. (geotechnical Engineering)
Mauricio Robalino of Artpeople (artist)
Ambrosini Design (graphic design)
Grindline Skateparks, Inc. (skatepark consulting)
Architectural Cost Consultants (cost estimating)
Treecology, Inc. (arborist)
DEW, Inc. (water feature consulting)

Luuwit Park Pavilion Project Portland Oregon
photo © Stephen Miller

Photography: Stephen Miller (all still photos), Brian Dalrymple (drone photo only)

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Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

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