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Last Friday we enjoyed a rare break in the clouds during our site visit to Milwaukie Way in Sellwood. For some at WA, it was the first time seeing this project in person. Certain details came to life and the project became infinitely more special as we were able to experience its scale, its relationship to the existing building, and its fit into the site.

 

We are taken with the large corner windows and their relief when in profile.
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The special quality of a bustling, well-loved alleyway feels palpable, and the
two buildings play excitably well together: old and new.
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We noted how well the entrance covers inflect the otherwise flat facade.
Just the right touch.
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The trees get reflected. And it’s beautiful.
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Milwaukie Way wraps the existing Spanish Colonial on the south and west sides making for a special corner on SE Milwaukie and Claybourne. We are imagining this corner of eateries and shops well occupied in the warm spring and summer evenings.
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This is the back of the west wing. We call it “Monument.” It’s a temporary view because, interestingly, while this may be the back side of Milwaukie Way, it’s also the site for our upcoming Claybourne Commons – a site for individually owned, designed-to-endure, Row Houses. More on this project in the coming months.
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