Portland Aerial Tramway


Portland, Oregon, USA, 2003

The design for the Portland Aerial Tramway incorporates infrastructure, urbanism and architectural design concepts. The aim of the project is to create an aerial tramway providing public transport between university facilities and city areas. The tramway utilizes two tram cabins, one running from an upper terminal to an intermediate tower, with a second continuing on to a lower terminal situated in the South Waterfront District. The cabins run with a double track system and provide accessibility for bikes and wheelchairs. The upper terminal is connected to the street network via two sky bridges and incorporates a restaurant and observation tower, while the lower terminal functions for the aerial tram and other forms of public transport, such as bus, streetcar and light rail.

Client: Portland Aerial Tramway inc.
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Building area: Aerial tram span approx 1000 m Program: public competition for the design of a aerial tramway with end buildings, support towers and a urban integration plan
Status/phase: Competition


Ben van Berkel ,Caroline Bos, Harm Wassink with Arjan Dingsté and Markus Jacobi, Shatoshi Mashudo, Michi Tomaselli, Christian Bergmann, Holger Hoffmann, Colette Parras

Structural engineers: Victor Wilhelm, Arnold Walz