The cultural village will include an art space, gift shop, offices, a library, and a tea house. The firm is working with Portland-based THA Architecture and landscape architecture group Walker Macy, as well as PJG garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama, to create a design that reorients visitors and responds to the Pacific Northwest climate.
In Portland, a forward-thinking approach allows for contemporary architecture, such as the cultural village.
Renderings show cottage-like buildings, each clad with cedar louvers and topped by a double-tiered roof. The upper roof will be made out of thin ceramic designed to support plants while maintaining a trim profile. The lower roof will be made out of patterned aluminum, with deep, gutterless overhangs that will protect visitors from Portland’s wet climate, creating an atmospheric screen.