Turning a downtown eyesore and into a modern and distinctive building, Pacific Northwest Publishing’s new 6th and Willamette location meets both the office and production needs of this growing publishing company. Stripping the existing 18,000 square feet of space to its structure of concrete, wood and steel, the renovation added new mechanical and electrical systems as well as a creative re-use of existing conditions.
The family-owned company produces educational videos and print materials. To address the diverse needs of their business, the major program elements were split between the two stories. Warehouse and video production functions were placed on the ground floor and office, graphic design and conference room spaces on the second, with unfinished rooms to allow for future development.
Expansive windows, letting in light and views of the surrounding downtown, and a bold material palette creates a work environment that’s both practical and stimulating. The interior utilizes an angled plywood-clad wall to guide circulation as well as define space, house storage and provide display nooks. Upstairs, the second floor was designed with an overall goal of cultivating teamwork and creativity. A large collaboration room includes a wall of sliding doors, providing not only a unique writing surface, but also the choice of a private or open setting. Generous hallways and substantial stair landings also lend themselves to casual gathering spaces.