Casework Transforms an Industrial Building Into a Sleek, Contemporary Workspace
The Portland, Oregon, branch of digital agency Work & Co teamed up with local interiors firm Casework to design a contemporary workspace that supports the company's growing team. With a clean, minimal palette, the new space provides a serene environment for the company's creative minds to recharge.
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Located in the historic New Chinatown area of Portland, the annex building in which Work & Co resides contributes to the area's historic significance and the inviting character of Portland's creative community. The new workspace highlights the existing building, complimenting the industrial style with edited, refined interiors.
White walls, concrete floors, and maple wood are used throughout the open, two-story volume. Black accents pop from space to space while tying in with the building's existing black window frames. Tall ceilings and grand windows allow natural light to fill work areas. Greenery and soft seating are dotted throughout the plan, bringing the comforts of home to the workplace.
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It was critical that the space adapt to the company's unique working style, which prioritizes collaboration. Private desks, meeting rooms, and relaxing lounge areas provide functional spaces for the staff to do their best work. An open kitchen, similar to a modern coffee shop, acts as the heart of the office. It's a true gathering space where workers share ideas and take breaks.
This contemporary space allows ideas to develop and flourish not only within the company, but out into the greater Portland community as well. A large, upper-level meeting room and adjacent break room supports all team meetings during the day, and all community events after hours. Work, home, and community stylishly blend into the historic, industrial shell.
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Architect of Record: Gabe Dominek Architecture
General Contractor: BnK Construction
Cabinetry Design/Installation: Gunderson Construction
AV Consultant: Tone Proper
Custom Acoustic Ceilings: 9Wood