Knot Studio’s wayfinding/placemaking program is a refreshing, modern response to a building that draws energy and inspiration from its lively and bustling neighborhood.
Delivering comfort and serenity for senior living in a bustling urban context is a tall order. Station Place Tower provides needed senior housing for Portland’s River District in a rapidly expanding area north of downtown.
With the Pearl District a few steps away, Station Place Tower was designed to take advantage of access to a thriving urban environment while also giving seniors peace of mind in a calm, relaxing setting. Knot Studio’s wayfinding/placemaking for the 176-unit development works in unison with Robert S. Leeb Architects and Planners’ industrial-style design vernacular in the 14-story structure. Knot Studio designers used the garage’s anchoring stair tower for a significant graphic presence. The garage is topped with a River District flag, and various colors permeate each garage floor’s innovative perforated panels. The Knot Studio-designed panels’ color and whimsy make wayfinding in the facility urban-minded yet enjoyable and pleasing to the eye. Knot Studio carried the architect’s theme of using masts on the Tower’s exterior into signage design that unites the building and its graphics into a cohesive design statement. Knot Studio’s Station Place logo incorporated the exterior mast theme.