Portland Art Museum

Portland, Oregon
Placemaking, Wayfinding

A 2005 Portland Art Museum expansion created a new Center for Modern and Contemporary Art. In renovating the neighboring Masonic Temple, the architect’s challenge was to transform a weighty space into one of openness and light. Ours was to create wayfinding that was both minimalist and classic. Bronze dimensional letters unify the campus and sand-blasted stainless steel panels stand sentry at building entries. Inside, glass and metal signs float from wall surfaces. Elegant and understated throughout.