The Hotel Modera is a renovation of an old motor lodge into a boutique hotel and a lively urban gathering spot. The five-story hotel has 176 rooms and suites and takes up nearly an entire city block between SW 5th and 6th, Clay and Columbia streets. Situated along TriMet’s MAX light rail system the renovation de-emphasizes the car while providing a unique public courtyard along SW 6th Avenue.
New exterior surfaces and a new window system throughout are intended to simplify previous alterations, allowing for the building’s original simplicity to show. A new courtyard integrates the indoors with the outdoors and provides guests and Portlanders with a place to gather and unwind in downtown. The courtyard includes a “living wall,” fire pits and plenty of seating. The living wall is planted with native vegetation in a vertical manner and integrates the cor-ten steel from the fire pits as well as the vegetation from the courtyard, creating a seamless transition from the ground to the wall.
A new extension for the lobby area at the first floor allows for a greater connection to the street, creating a large, inviting space for guests to enjoy. A wood boardwalk connects the sidewalk to the lobby across the public courtyard.
Location: Portland, OR, US
My Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Posh Ventures, owner