Studio Projects & Research


Portland State //  Studio 381  //  Professor Juan Heredia

Tasked with transforming a withdrawn infill location into a programmatically diverse space for a literary society, the Portland Literary Center unfolds its compact spaces into an immersive literary experience to serve the local pdx community.

Positioned at a soft angle, a reading stair and book wall reminiscent of tall, aging bookstore shelving direct visitors toward the bright and open second story library. Adjacent to the library, a coffee shop protrudes over the first floor gallery space. A lecture hall is nestled beneath the library,accommodating a variety of events. Administrators are housed in pronounced, weighty forms which afford view into the library below.

Within cascading forms resides an oasis for the reader, a domain for the writer, and
a home for all who wish to lose themselves in the literary arts.