become part of the fabric of the community, rather than separating ourselves from the world around us." Steve Wynn, adidas America CEO, 1998
Building a corporate headquarters in a residential neighborhood sounds like a really bad idea. But when adidas renovated the dilapidated Bess Kaiser Hospital on this location, and added new structures as part of their new Portland "urban village," Overlook residents were overjoyed. The adidas Village would be a hit with the immediate neighborhood and the city hall crowd as well; Vera Katz presented it with the Mayor's Award for Design Excellence.
* Among the hospital's unwanted facilities that had to be dealt with was a nuclear radiation laboratory.
By virtue of its open and appealing layout (complete with walkways) and community athletic space, neighborhood approval was a slamdunk. After all, who could say "no" to a buried parking garage with a soccer field on top? (Don't answer that.) From the varied building designs to the Olympic color scheme, this village is a genuine treasure. Wander the grounds (it's encouraged!), and you'll see that the names of the five buildings come from Olympic host cities and the colors of the Olympic Rings: Rome, 1960 (yellow); Tokyo, 1964 (blue); Athens, 1896 (green); Chamonix, 1924 (red); and Mexico City, 1968 (black).
* Designer Eric Cugnart (who worked with I. M. Pei on the San Francisco Public Library) also supervised much of the stonework on the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse downtown.