Modera Pearl

Located on the expanding edge of Portland’s Pearl District, Modera Pearl is a new, nine-story housing development featuring 290 market-rate apartments, 219 underground parking stalls, and over 400 bicycle parking spaces.

The building’s design creates a contemporary expression of this warehouse district’s industrial past. Exterior design elements include a dark brick façade on one wing to convey weight and gravity, staggered punched window openings, and the use of a raised loading dock element in lieu of a sidewalk.

Modera Pearl was designed to provide one of the most extensive amenity packages available in the Portland market. At the 8th and 9th floors, a two-story sky lounge takes advantage of an exceptional 270-degree view of the city. 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 a quiet, more intimate area for residents to gather.

The interiors were designed to be a sophisticated backdrop for a gallery-worthy collection of original artwork and high end furnishings. 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. The majority of the building will be covered with over 28,000 sf of green roof. 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.



  • 2018 IIDA Oregon Chapter Design Excellence Honorable Mention