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John Holmes and Jeff Stuhr of Holst Architecture in front of the Sunrose Condos on East Burnside St. in Portland, Oregon on January 15, 2010. Model Released.

Partial view of building from NW.

Units in the 937 Condominiums building (a collaboration with Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects) absorb warmth from the sun.

The exterior’s light-toned brick evokes downtown Portland’s early 20th-century buildings, but the random, organic pattern of windows and red glass balconies are hallmarks of Holst’s focused modernism.

Inside 937 Condominiums.

Inside 937 Condominiums.

Holst’s first major new project, Belmont Street Lofts (2004), embraced Portland’s values of low-impact living and arty design.

An aerial view of Belmont Street Lofts.

The abstracted use of simple, natural materials—ipe rainscreen and Spanish resin panels, for example—was achieved on a relatively modest budget and caught the attention of developers.

Inside Belmont Street Lofts.

Inside Belmont Street Lofts.

Industrial and sumptuous materials commingle on the Clinton Condominiums, where street-level shops are wrapped in earthy mahogany.

The project’s 27 units were inspired by a geode, with a hard shell of Cor-Ten steel and crystalline glass privacy panels that become luminous at night.

Dark walnut floors and cabinetry continue the theme inside.

The Housing Authority of Portland’s Resource Access Center includes administrative offices and transitional housing, and will be the city’s first commercial building to harvest graywater.

Energy calculations drove the size of the windows, but Holst’s playful use of green spandrel glass deinstitutionalizes the façade and makes the windows seem larger.

The 32 residential units, with 6,000 square feet of retail, rework Portland’s typical shotgun condo layout.

The 32 residential units, with 6,000 square feet of retail, rework Portland’s typical shotgun condo layout.

With its black-stained cedar siding and floating stucco balconies, Sunrose Condominiums is a visual anchor in an eclectic neighborhood.

Wide, shallow living spaces and window walls characterize the condos at Sunrose.

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