Cyan PDX

If you’ve wandered anywhere near fourth and Harrison recently, you’ve seen this building going up, and like me, wondered “what the hell?” Until recently it’s been unmarked and unbranded, until a website address banner was thrown up in the window. Before that it was nothing but a source for lunchtime ire for me: several yummy lunch carts called this corner parking lot home when they were unceremoniously relocated a couple blocks away to fourth and College. I decided I could forgive this transgression if it was going to become a new Apple store or something fun but alas, it was not to be.

It’s for a project called Cyan PDX, and a visit to their website doesn’t reveal a whole lot. The basic gist is that it’s going to be a condo complex of low impact construction, green living, and lower carbon footprint than other condos going up downtown. The adjacent lot was home to a vacant office building for the last year, but that’s been torn down in the last month and now the building is starting to go up. The white base for the large crane that’s about to go in to get the party started was just completed last week.

Googling around, not much information can be found out about this project, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I asked some of the construction folks about it and they just shrugged, but they did tell me that the smaller building that is nearly complete is going to be the leasing office as well as a full model of one of the completed units. Until things move along and the sales office opens, or the website decides to reveal more, it’s a bit of an enigma.

4 Comments so far

  1. jojo (unregistered) on December 25th, 2007 @ 8:00 am

    you can get some info and see some renderings at the skyscraper forum.

  2. McAngryPants (unregistered) on December 25th, 2007 @ 9:50 am

    Is it CYANPDX as in “pretty color PDX” or is it C.Y.A. N PDX as in Cover Your Ass ‘n’ PDX? I saw the sign and immediately thought of the later.

  3. ROASTDUCKMANGOSALSA (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    I know this. This is a huge multi-block condo project hungry for buyers, hoping/praying to build, while the city & non-profits try to revitalize the adjacent 8-block Lawrence Halprin park blocks (an architectual landmark), the heart of that big renewal district from the 1970’s called South Auditorium which converted SW 2nd and SW 3rd Ave into sidewalks. That whole area shouts modern art if the city bothered to prune all the thick trees. Its like something out of the movie “Logans Run”. I don’t know if cyanpdx managed to meet all their landgrabbing goals. I only know that I see their new showcase building every morning commute. Everyday I drive by cyanpdx, I want to T.P. the heck out of it just for my own personal amusement.

  4. Richard Helton (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    Does anyone besides me look at the renderings and think the buidling is way out of scale and nothing but a big ugly box addition to a site that had so much potential. No balconies no human scale. The street level seems pretty bland and univiting. Aren’t these the kinds of buildings that end up being torn down after the new wears off because no one wants to live in such a dehumanizing space?

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