Marayah Center

Portland, OR

The Marayah Center is a mixed-use transitional women's homeless shelter that aims to bridge the gap between the housed and unhoused populations. The current site is an abandoned beloved building in Old Town China Town in Portland, OR. The old building has been taken over by the community by organizing themselves to beautify the neighborhood by paining murals on the sides of the buildings façade. This community involvement through art was the driving force of this design. The ground floor aims to activate the community and houseless individuals to enjoy and participate in the art gallery spaces created as well as mingle in the mixed commercial and community spaces within.