Touchmark in the West Hills Sky Lodge
Estimated completion date2023
Construction cost$32 million
Unit typesIndependent living
Sky Lodge is the next phase of Touchmark in the West Hills, Touchmark’s resort-style senior living community in Southwest Portland. Perched on a sloped site above the existing campus, the new building offers 56 Independent Living homes with expansive scenic views in a condominium-style active living environment.
The steeply sloped site presented a variety of challenges for the design team. A limited driveway alongside the building was difficult to integrate due to 20 feet of grade change. Still, the solution minimized impacts to the existing forested hillside, maximized expansive and forest views, and separated loading from automobile circulation.
The roof design is a critical component of the building, as future uphill homes would have views of the Sky Lodge’s 5th elevation. The design incorporated elements of scale, texture, and screening components to thoughtfully compose the surface.
The dynamic and contemporary building ties back into the existing phase of the community. Exterior materials such as masonry on the building’s base complement the original architecture while seamlessly fitting into the context of the landscape. Custom metal panels reminiscent of board and batten wood siding comprise the building’s skin, creating a rhythmic and iconic rich pattern. Large glass windows provide residents with immersive nature views, and a cantilevered deck on the ground level floats over the landscape. Upon approach, the building reveals more details and pedestrian scale.
A variety of outdoor amenities offer ways for residents to stay connected, socialize, and meet their neighbors. An “Eat Play” space includes a bar, kitchen, gathering area, and firepit. An intimate outdoor room is tucked into the hillside to encourage small group gatherings around a fire table. The building’s top story features a zen space called “Quiet Cool” for residents to take in the sunset and enjoy time with their neighbors. The makers’ spaces for crafts and woodworking will be shared within the community.