“In collaboration with the client, we wanted to create a commercial workspace building that was a direct extension of the historic timber frame industrial structures that dot east Portland,” explains project architects, Carrie Strickland, AIA, and William Neburka, AIA, principals and cofounders of Works Partnership Architecture, LLP, an award-winning Portland-based design studio.
The concrete podium base houses parking, retail, and the lobby. The heavy base pays homage to the thick masonry walls of neighboring buildings. That podium is topped by four stories of glulam construction. The all-wood interior keeps faith with the district’s heritage of timber framework, though a masonry cladding has given way to a sophisticated glass-and-aluminum curtain wall system. The designers liken the blended aesthetic to a ship in the bottle.