- Landscape Architecture
- Urban Design
- Brownfield recovery rite
- Green roofs and eco-roofs
- LEED Gold certification
- Stormwater treatment & bioswales
- Transit connections/alternative transportation
The Ardea is located in the South Waterfront District one block from the Willamette River on Portland’s streetcar line. This mixed-use development, sited on a former industrial brown field in a dense urban neighborhood, consists of a 30-story apartment tower, townhomes and ground floor retail. Mayer/Reed’s design for two pedestrian streets and the central plaza provides seasonal interest and interesting textural materials in the public spaces at the buildings’ first levels.
The developers’ vision for the district included the display of water in various forms integrated in the outdoor spaces. A lighted recirculating feature serves as a focal point in the entry plaza. A linear water garden fed by groundwater activates and illuminates the narrow corridor between buildings. In addition, a vegetated stormwater bio-swale designed as a lush seasonal water garden extends along SW Lane, the pedestrian street in front of the townhomes. At the upper levels, eco-roofs and roof gardens cover the podium and lower building.