SERA Architects

SERA Architects

Portland, OR


Modera Pearl

Located on the expanding edge of Portland’s Pearl District, the Modera Pearl is a new high-rise housing development. The nine-story, 340,000-gross-square-foot building features 290 market-rate apartments, 219 parking stalls arranged on two underground levels, and over 400 bicycle parking spaces. The goal was to create a responsible and engaging urban building that is also an exceptional place to live.

The building’s design—featuring brick exteriors, and elevated walkways—recalls the neighborhood’s industrial past, when it served as the warehouse district for the nearby rail yard. Occupying a full block, the U-shaped building creates a private, protected exterior courtyard nestled between the two wings, which provides a landscaped amenity space for residents. The building wings, one clad in light brick and one in dark brick, serve to break down the overall massing of the building. Though new construction, the Modera’s raised walkway helps create separation from traffic and car fumes, and provides a comfortable extension for the building.

Modera Pearl provides one of the most extensive amenity packages available in the Portland market. A two-story, double-height Skylounge—a penthouse amenity suite—is located at the 8th and 9th floors, taking advantage of exceptional 270-degree views of the city. Other building amenities include a demonstration kitchen, dining and lounge room, game room, a small pool, and exercise and yoga studios. A wine storage and tasting room and media/theater room offer quiet, more intimate areas for residents to gather. Amenity space is expansive, totaling roughly four times as much as a comparable multi-family project of this size.

Interiors are designed to serve as a sophisticated backdrop for a gallery-worthy collection of original, locally-sourced artwork and high end furnishings—an art gallery you can live in. Each space is tailored and refined, but still offers comfort and warmth, with extensive backdrops of wood and accents of natural stone and custom tile.

The project is targeting LEED Silver certification through a combination of energy savings and integrated sustainable design elements. A 28,000-square-foot green roof tops the building. For the small percentage of roof area dedicated to mechanical and amenity space, the stormwater will be captured and channeled to the central courtyard’s stormwater garden, showcased through exposed splash blocks and touch pools.

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Status: Built
Location: Portland, OR, US
Firm Role: Architecture and Interior Design
Additional Credits: Project team

SERA (architecture, interior design)

MCRT PNW Construction, LLC (general contractor)

Mill Creek Residential Trust (client)

Shapiro Didway (landscape architecture)

Froelich Engineers (structural)

Photography by Christian Columbres