Tryba Architects completed the renovation and adaptive reuse of The Glass Lab, a 46,000-square-foot former glass factory in the Portland Innovation Quadrant (Portland IQ). The team collaborated with Portland-based owner ScanlanKemperBard (SKB) and Lortentz Bruun Construction to turn the vintage two-story industrial building into a community-oriented creative hub for the next generation of creators and innovators. The team’s integrated approach balanced respect for the building’s 1950s warehouse-style architecture with the area’s forward-thinking ethos.
Original building elements were restored and revealed, preserving the building’s historic character within an open, flexible work environment. The combination of exposed concrete, old-growth timber beams and tongue and groove wood floors helps to maintain a raw, authentic feel throughout the building while extensive window lines, soaring ceilings and large skylights keep the space naturally bright.