Lever Architecture’s Treehouse is under construction on Marquam Hill

The Treehouse Apartments, a  7-story apartment building with 69 residential units, is under construction on Marquam Hill near OHSU. The project at 3440 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Road includes ground floor retail space, and rooftop deck.  Twelve existing parking spaces are proposed to be reconfigured to serve the new building. Bicycle parking will be provided with 80 long-term spaces and 30 short-term spaces.

Treehouse Apartments

The project was designed by Lever Architecture with LRS Architects, for developer Project^. Lever and Project^ also formed the team behind the Arthouse Apartments and the Union Way shopping arcade. As at the Arthouse Apartments, the building’s primary exterior material is vertical metal panels in a chevron form. In the approval decision [PDF] by the Bureau of Development Services staff note that:

the applicant’s design concept is an abstraction of the forest, intended to enhance the proposed building’s relationship with the surrounding trees. The metal panels will be bronze in color which will contrast with the surrounding trees, their angled vertical ribs adding texture to the façade.

The project’s site was previously the location of Portland’s Ronald Macdonald House, shown here in April 2014. The Marquam Hill location was closed in July 2013, and is now located in Riverplace, near the base of the aerial tram. A demolition permit for the 1940s stucco building was issued in May.

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