In a neighborhood inundated with recent change, creating a sense of order was a major goal for the design of the Unity 10 development. The initial concept reflects the Alberta neighborhood in Northeast Portland--a fragmented grid woven together to create a secure whole. This concept of erosion and containment is delineated clearly in the building’s facades. An outer frame work elegantly displays the elements within it, allowing them to shift, evolve and be unique. Window shapes identify the spaces behind them while other areas pop out, signifying outreach to the community. The material palette of wood, paneling, and stucco addresses the diversity of the surrounding buildings. Three large commercial spaces make up the first floor, and there are 10 residential units above. Their entry is located on 15th Avenue, making it feel more residential while allowing for a continuous commercial storefront along Alberta Street.