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43. Headwaters by #105architecturalinspirations

43. Headwaters by #105architecturalinspirations

Headwaters is described as a urban-hip and techno-savvy, community located in Portland. I describe is as very cool! The architects, Vallaster Corl Architects, PC,  blend natural materials in with vibrant colors and nature. Completed in 2007, this pedestrian friendly community consists of 100 units that are market rate, 56 affordable senior units, and 14 town homes. Sustainable strategies incorporated into this project include day-lighting, naturally ventilated corridors, and energy-efficient lighting, heating, and appliances.

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GreenWorks did the landscape design for this project at the headwaters of Tryon Creek. Daylighting a steam that had been buried in the past has brought nature into this dense development and created a wonderful space for nature to exist and residence to exist within it. What an incredible apartment community to have a “backyard” with a stream, trees, birds….

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#105architecturalinspirations is a collection of architectural details, buildings, and spaces that inspire me. I am taking on the challenge of finding two projects to spotlight each week in 2015. Hopefully I will be able to keep up and this process of discovery will push me to create better design solutions for my clients as I research and learn more about those projects I enjoy most. I challenge you to add your comments below about this project and to post your own inspirations for all to enjoy.  Full List of previous #105architecturalinspiration posts 1 – 20. First 20 architectural inspirations here21. Michael Graves 22. St. Augustine 23. Guggenheim Museum24. Ocho House25.Bjarke Ingels 26. WG Clark 27. John F. Kennedy Space Center 28.Akademie Mont-Cenis 29. Sustainability Treehouse 30. Porch Rail 31.Martin Lurther King Jr. Memorial 32. Warehouse Renvoation33.Architectural Salvage Warehouse 34. Thorncrown Chapel 35. Gabion Wall 36.Rectorat de Guyane Library  37. North Bay House 38. Old Ranch Road Barn 39.Eagle Rock Residence 40. Pratt Street Power Plant 41. United Therapeutics Field House 42. Porch House

Does your apartment create a sense of community?

The design of an apartment building is not often discussed in the world of architects. Many developers use cheap materials that will not last very long, amenities are used to attract tenants, and lets face it, usually the rent is the final criteria for those selecting a place to live. However, we take a different approach. Our clients want to create places that are fun to live in, will last a long time, and offer those living there a sense of community.

We have done a lot of multi-family projects over the years with a variety of styles. As our latest project breaks ground in Augusta County, I am wondering which one from the past is a favorite of yours. Let me know which you prefer by commenting below in the comments section.


Duke Garden Renovation



Stone Creek Village




Linden Town Lofts



Timberlake 9.4.13 005

Timberlake Place



waverly place

Waverly Place