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Knot Springs // Skylab Architecture

Portland, OR, United States

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Inspired by the natural hot springs of the Alvord Desert, Knot Springs is a wellness-focused social club situated within YARD on Portland’s Central Eastside.
The challenge of this endeavor was to balance the peaceful austerity of an oasis in the center of a high energy urban area.
To achieve this, the elevated YARD landscape and folded concrete structure flow throughout the baths and gym represents a carved-out river embankment.

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The spa opens up to the landscape, while the club spans both the 4th and 5th levels of YARD, allowing easy movement through a central open-air hallway.
Overall, Knot Springs’ palette draws inspiration from elemental materials, the pools of water and space are constructed of wood, glass, steel, and concrete.

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Knot Springs walks the line.
It is both a sacred space for solo reflection, as well as a shared communal experience centered around health, wellness, and social connection..

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