FOURoverFIVE seeks to become an integral part of the existing series of linear parks that West Portland already boasts, while helping to better connect these parks to the city and people around them. Individually, the existing lines of parks carry out specific roles, including:
– Waterfront Park: connecting Portland to the cherished Willamette River
– Halprin Sequence/Plaza Blocks: inviting surrounding neighborhood residents to gather in this set of outdoor rooms, using abstract forms to represent local natural features
– Park Blocks: acting to the north as an edge between two neighborhoods, and to the south as a place of cultural gathering via PAM, PSU, and the Farmer’s Market
– Forest Park: embracing the city’s western edge as a natural environment dotted with miles of trails, stunning viewpoints, and brimming with Northwest nature
Together, these parks communicate the unique experiences and neighborhoods of west Portland as a unified whole – a network that FOURoverFIVE looks to strengthen even further. By utilizing its ideal site, located approximately midway between the North Park Blocks and the entrance to Forest Park, the FOURoverFIVE sequence carries the rhythm of the existing lines of parks through the entirety of west Portland.
In the north-south axis, FOURoverFIVE connects southwest Portland, including Providence Park and Goose Hollow, to Northwest Portland, including Forest Park, NW 23rd, and the up-and-coming Slabtown redevelopment on the Conway site via NW 21st. In the east-west axis, FOURoverFIVE connects downtown, including the waterfront, Halprin Sequence/Plaza Blocks, and Park blocks, to Goose Hollow and Providence Park via the Jefferson/Columbia couplet, Salmon and Main Streets, and Burnside Avenue.
Five park conditions in west Portland have been identified, comprised of the four existing conditions (linear park sequences) mentioned above, plus the addition of FOURoverFIVE. The four existing conditions each serve unique individual roles while FOURoverFIVE creates a harmony between the larger network of Portland’s west side parks. This is achieved by conducting a well-orchestrated arrangement of qualities pieced together from the other four conditions.
The design of the square itself draws inspiration from the natural landscapes of Oregon. This state is primarily comprised of four main landscapes. These landscapes can be abstracted into critical components that are found in successful public spaces.
1) The Coast | Water Feature
2) The Forest | Foliage / Vegetation
3) The Mountain | Urban Furniture
4) The Desert | Hardscaping
This allows the square to be used throughout the day in a variety of ways by a diverse group of people while still fitting within the larger urban context.
VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST
VIEW LOOKING SOUTH