Brewery Blocks Projects

Portland, Oregon
Placemaking, Wayfinding

The sprawling Blitz-Weinhard brewery, spouting its heady aroma of hops, anchored the warehouse and industrial area of Portland for nearly 150 years. Its closure in 1999 spurred an area metamorphosis resulting in a five-block professional and office complex, encompassing 1.7 million sf of retail, housing, Class A office space and parking in Portland’s Pearl District. We worked with the development team to retain the robust character of the site by combining imagery reminiscent of times past with green materials respectful of the future.