Type of facility: Care center for homeless youth
Client: Outside In, Portland
Project architect: Clark/Kjos Architects, Portland
Construction manager: Swinerton Builders, Portland
Completed: November 2000
Size: 31,000 square feet
Cost: $3.6 million
Cost per square foot: $116
When Outside In, a care center for homeless youth, moved into bigger quarters at its new location in Portland, Ore., the challenge for designers was to keep the qualities of the previous facility that were attractive to young people.
A brightly colored mural painted on a large curved metal surface frames a part of the new building. It's meant to be a remnant of its predecessor but also provides shading for that part of the building, through perforated metal panels that allow light to filter through. Its engaging colors are meant to retain the feel of a youth center.
A wall made of rotating art panels created by the youth residents surrounds the courtyard and secures the area at night, while opening it up to the street during the day. The contrast of different building materials, such as brick and corrugated metal siding combined with colorful artwork, make the facade visually interesting.
Inside, a two-story lobby with large windows connects the lobby and garden court. Rooms for youth are sunny, colorful and functional, serving as a dining area, art studio and group therapy space.
"It's great urban design," says judge Matthew Van Vranken. "A way to draw troubled youth into a nonthreatening setting."
Judge Matthew Schroeder says, "The dynamic design reflects the multiservice, complex program of youth services concentrated here."