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In the Mount Scott-Arleta neighborhood, 72Foster contains 101 units of affordable housing tailored to intergenerational families in SE Portland—the first of its kind in the city. The intergenerational focus informs the building’s close proximity to transit, the mix of studio to three-bedroom units, and the project’s sustainability and affordability goals.

The siting of the bulk of the building along SE Foster Road creates an urban streetwall that reflects the area’s increasing density. The building’s angled shape respects the existing neighborhood scale, provides a new courtyard as a public amenity, and acts as a buffer from bustling Foster Road.

International Placemaking

An open breezeway maintains the connection from the residential neighborhood to the popular Portland Mercado across the street.


Cultural Vibrancy

Artist-painted murals lead visitors through the lobby and the ground floor community room.


Resource Efficiency

An expansive solar array offsets utility costs for common space areas of the building.

The building’s exterior alternates brick and Hardieplank for texture and variation without sacrificing durability and affordability. Standard modules of thick, seamless Hardieplank are arranged and applied with rigorous attention to detail. A strategic use of cedar surrounding the entrance and breezeway brings visual warmth at the human scale. Orange painted metal details tie the wood’s warm tones to the other materials and bring vibrancy without competing with the colorful Mercado next door.

The large community gathering space features a communal kitchen and folding Nana walls that open to the courtyard to accommodate a wide range of programs and events. The building’s amenities also include a fourth-floor lounge with an open terrace that balances the opening at the ground floor and offers views of Mount Hood. To meet the needs of seniors and families, each apartment unit features comfortable room proportions, large windows, ceiling fans in every room, and generously sized kitchens with mechanically ventilated range hoods.


Units of new affordable housing


Minimum number of years the site will remain affordable housing


Kilowattage of the expansive rooftop solar array


REACH Community Development


Portland, OR


March 2019


79,600 sq. ft.
101 units


2020 AIA Oregon Architecture Design Awards Merit Award

2019 AIA Northwest + Pacific Region Design Award of Merit

2019 Multi-Housing News Award of Excellence for Design + Development