The Knoll at Tigard
The Knoll at Tigard site is a prime urban development opportunity, on the edge of the developing downtown of the City of Tigard. Consistent with the City development plans, The Knoll brings a previous capacity of only three residences to a density of nearly 50 units per acre. The design takes advantage of an established infrastructure of utilities, adjacent transportation & services, and serves as a catalyst for respectful development of the urban neighborhood.
The 45,000 square foot, 48-unit apartment building provides active living for low income seniors, and includes 2,000 square feet of common rooms. The enlivened streetscape, entry gardens and overhanging balconies provide outdoor gathering spaces designed for a sense of safety while providing interaction opportunities. The 4-story central lobby & circulation core is a slightly taller mass set back to encourage approach from both east and west, and is highlighted by a unique Living Column. The northern wing steps down to 3 stories, matching scale more closely with the neighboring residences. The massing variety breaks down a long façade, developing rhythmic patterns for visual interest. Rainwater from the sloped roofs is captured and directed to a 15,000 gallon cistern, then re-routed for use flushing unit toilets. All ground floor units are equipped with roll-in showers, increasing the number available for residents with limited mobility. Remaining units are designed to be adaptable with the potential needs of an aging population. The open unit floor plan emphasizes spaciousness and allows flexibility for furniture placement, combining with daylighting and ventilation efforts to promote a peaceful living environment.