The MJ Steen Group recently attended the opening of 21 Astor, NW Portland’s newest luxury rental residence.
“21 Astor provides a distinct living experience within the building while boasting a remarkable location in Portland’s NW 23rd Avenue / Nob Hill neighborhood. With a myriad of fine-dining options, upscale boutiques, and local flare, the neighborhood makes an ideal backdrop for 21 Astor’s elegant features and refined aesthetic. With a space that feels more like a home than an apartment building, residents will enjoy tall ceilings, large wrap around kitchens, upgraded appliances, multiple windows, beautifully tiled bathrooms, extensive storage, smooth finished walls, Carrara style counter tops, real wood moldings, large walk in closets, with an enduring style. Calling 21 Astor home means the best of what Portland has to offer always awaits you on either side of your door.”
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This estate is architecture at its visionary best: It engages, exhilarates and inspires. Casual daily living and lavish entertaining are embraced within this versatile residence. The fenced yard and gardens include a pool & spa, putting green, bocce court, water feature and outdoor dining area with a fireplace & built-in BBQ. This property is ideal for both formal and informal gatherings. Close to High Tech, Forest Park and NW Portland. For more information click here.
Restoration Hardware recently opened an RH Baby & Child and RH Teen gallery on NW 23rd in the old RH space. For more information click here.
So in this sense “contemporary” is not limited to a single stylistic thread. And “modern” recalls the early- and mid-20th-century architecture embodying the ideals of the machine age: an absence of ornament, structures of steel or concrete, large expanses of glass, a whitewash (usually stucco over brick) or another minimal exterior expression, and open floor plans.
While this starts to define the difference, there is an evident use of the term “contemporary” that refers to a particular strain of design today, such that new postmodern, neo-Classical or other neo-traditional buildings are not included. The term’s use is clearly narrower than the literal definition, yet it is still rooted in the now; contemporary architecture is of its time, therefore innovative and forward-looking. In this sense it is rooted in the modern, even if it does not resemble it stylistically.
The photos that follow respond to the question, “modern or contemporary?” I hope the answers will elucidate the similarities and differences between the styles, further aiding the appreciation of both styles of architecture.
River Pig’s Ramzy Hattar is planning to open an 8,000 sq. ft. music lounge in the old Oba space. Hattar is planning to invite famous chefs to utilize the expansive kitchen. For more information click here.