The Skyline

Portland, Oregon

The Skyline is a proposed intervention that aims to link together neighborhoods with an elevated urban trail. By capitalizing on Portland’s infrastructure, The Skyline utilizes an existing right of way through the city, reimagining the freeway at the human scale.

The Skyline playfully weaves around I-405 and the Fremont Bridge–allowing for varied moments of visual connection. In its programming and strong visual presence, the park encourages healthier living for the city and its residents.

A site underneath the freeway between Kearney and Lovejoy streets, currently a parking lot, serves as a nexus for the project–a point of access that itself creates connections between NW Portland and the Pearl District. The site serves as the grand stair to the skyline with tiered platforms that mimic and deconstruct the massive forms of the 405 above. As the platforms approach the freeway, the concrete materiality deteriorates in favor of natural elements such as wood and vegetation. The space is loosely programmed to encourage residents and the local business community to use as a meeting spot or lounging destination.


PROJECT TYPE
INDEPENDENT DESIGN COMPETITION

CONSTRUCTION TYPE
NEW CONSTRUCTION

DESIGN TEAM
JULIA DRACHMAN
JOHN MATERNOSKI, ASSOC. AIA
TIM NIOU, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE

LOCATION
PORTLAND, OREGON

YEAR
2015


GROUND-LEVEL ENTRANCE TO THE SKYWAY LOOKING NORTHEAST FROM NW 16TH AND KEARNEY

GROUND-LEVEL ENTRANCE PLAN AND PLATFORM COMPOSITION DIAGRAMS

EAST ELEVATION OF GROUND-LEVEL ENTRANCE AT KEARNEY/LOVEJOY

PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF THE SKYLINE FROM NORTHROP AND NW 14TH

TYPICAL SECTION THROUGH EXISTING FREEWAY/THE SKYLINE INTERVENTION

OVERALL PLAN OF THE SKYLINE

"Rather than rejecting the importance of I-405, The Skyline embraces its form in a celebration of infrastructure. In its re-imagination of scale, material, and user, The Skyline encourages a healthier lifestyle for the city and its residents."

− Submission in 2015 AIA Portland "Stitch II" Ideas Competition

PORTLAND MOTOR FREEWAYS VS. BIKE ROUTES

PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF THE SKYLINE FROM THE “GREAT LAWN”